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This may have been stated before [Oct. 31st, 2007|10:05 am]
I am really beginning to think that we are not all "in" on Stephen Colbert's big joke. I think we are the joke.
More specifically, I think that us thinking we're all in on the joke is the joke.
Levels, you see.
I first began to think this a couple of hours ago when I watched a recording of Colbert being interviewed on "Meet the Press".  In that interview, the anchor asked Colbert about a statement an old friend of his (Colbert's) had made.  This statement basically said that Colbert was very interested in mass psychology and wanted to start a cult when he was younger.  No doubt said jokingly by a younger version of Colbert, it still prompted me to think.
The greatest wish for anyone departing information to others in an effort to change their mind is that those who receive the information immediately and without question believe what they are told and act accordingly.  Some people are likely to do just this.  Most, however, will at least briefly consider the statement and either accept or deny from there.
The way Colbert imparts information, especially on his television show, leaves us with no doubt that the information is actually false.  Usually Colbert makes a stand for something so improbable and unlikely to be true, and conveys it in such a way that makes us doubt its authenticity to boot, that we can't help but immediately recognize this and believe the other.  Our brains are stimulated just enough to allow us to believe that we have thought about the statement and disables any internal alarms that might fire if we suddenly believe something without consideration.  Furthermore, Colbert's stance is often so ridiculous that it makes us laugh.  Furthermore from that, we know that Stephen actually knows his position is laughable, and that means we're both in on the joke together.  We feel a connection with Colbert because of that, which makes us even more likely to believe what we say.
In the end, it doesn't really matter what Colbert says, as long as it's presented in that specific way of his, we are far more likely to believe exactly what he wants us to believe, all the while silently applauding ourselves for being clever enough to catch the joke.
Cults work much the same way; not that I believe Colbert is really leading a cult.  No one in a cult really thinks they're in a cult; if they did, they wouldn't be in the cult!  They would believe they had thought about the position and believe that what the leader was saying is correct.  Furthermore, there is an emotional response as well.  Whether it be imagined "holy" bliss, fear of damnation or otherwise, or just self satisfaction - all cults rely on emotions.
The "Colbert Nation" as it were has much the same set up.  There is a "leader" - Colbert.  There is the belief of the adhearants that they have considered the position.  Furthermore, there is an emotional response - laughter.  There's also a feeling that we "get it" - a feeling that we believe may be limited to a certain subset (intellectuals, youth - just whatever subset we feel ourself to be a part of) and that others may not "get it".  Again, the feeling of inclusion is far greater motivator to belief than any amount of facts.
And so I think Colbert operates on this level - a level slightly higher than we believe he operates on.  Manipulating his audience by forcing them to think - but only just enough to come to the conclusion he wants them to come to.
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Pootie tweet. [Apr. 12th, 2007|10:34 am]
Kurt Vonnegut died.
So it goes.

For some reason this makes me very sad.
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The last vestiges of shame [Apr. 2nd, 2007|02:25 am]
And so the circle is complete.

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Gamer/Computer Nerd
 

You enjoy the visual stimulants of a video game, chatting on AIM, or reading online comics. Most of these types of nerds are considered dirty who lack hygeine, of course they always end up being the ones who make a crapload of money. And don't worry, that's just a stereotype; I'm not calling you dirty. ^_~

Drama Nerd
 
Literature Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
Musician
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace


There, I posted an online quiz result. ARE YOU HAPPY PEOPLE?
ARE YOU HAPPY!?

I'm going to go cringe in the corner until my dignity comes crawling back.
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Hey guess what? I'm posting. [Mar. 5th, 2007|04:43 pm]
When I first made a livejournal, I did so mainly so I could have my own friends list - while reading Jodi or John's or anybody else's friends page USUALLY did the trick for keeping up with my friends, I also had to slog through the depressing updates of a good number of people whom I neither knew nor cared about. I really had no intention of ever posting, much less posting the trivial minutae of my day.
But hey, here I am. Making a post. About, I am going to assume, very very little.
It has been an incredibly slow day at work. My boss is out sick. My psuedo-nemesis is out sick. My cup of coffee was very small this morning, and thus with very little energy and very little supervision I have done very little. Of course, I have worked, but lately the days have been end to end hectic madness, so having a little breathing room in the middle to poke around online seems like the most luxuriously easy of days.
Oh hey, wow, I wanted this to be longer, but I got into a conversation with a co-worker and those 20 minutes just flew by and it's time to leave now.
I know this was hardly worth reading, but maybe I'll post a little more now. Heck, my boring days are just as interesting as anyone else's, and with the tiniest bit of lies, perhaps more exciting too!
Oh man! I better go drive away those kung-fu polar bears with knives on their heads outside and save the city!
Ka-pwing!
-Aaron
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