Friday, February 01, 2008
We come not to bury Western Civilization
For weeks, my wife and I have been appalled by commercials for Meet the Spartans. We're appalled that the non-jokes in the commercial were the non-jokes they were actually trying to use to get people to see it. And we were appalled that we knew far too many people would go see it (my wife banned her students from taking about it in class). Slate's Josh Levin calls it the worst movie he's ever seen. The key point: merely referencing something does not constitute satire!