Comments: A painful admission

re: the childfree folks. (

they sound like a pretty good target to me. too bad matt, et al, weren't able to zero in on 'em to your liking. they give me the willies...

Posted by gotcha at May 17, 2004 11:36 AM

Well, but of course the childfree people are the most militant example of that sort of thinking, and it was rather unbelievable that every childless person in Springfield would immediately agree with the crazy activist. And they're so far from the mainstream that I doubt most people are even aware of them, making them both a poor parody target (because they're not well-known and not especially representative of any widespread movement) and an easy one (because they're extreme).

A good example of childfree craziness is this livejournal thread, in which the psycho moderator of a childfree Yahoo group banned author Poppy Z. Brite from the list for asking a perfectly reasonable question about their philosophy. Adding to the ridiculousness of this is the fact that the Yahoo group was named after Poppy Z. Brite and featured frequent discussion of her work.

Posted by Francis at May 17, 2004 01:12 PM

It saddens me ...yes, SADDENS ME... that Simpsons fans feel compelled to defend the show. I, for one, have been a Simpsons fan since the very beginning and I feel no shame in saying that The Simpsons I once knew and loved is OVER. Today's Simpsons is a nightmare. You summed up the problem perfectly: "the show is now concerned mainly with deconstructing itself and using real world issues as touchstones for one-liners." How true. It has become a series of weak in-jokes and wisecracks that you would just as likely hear on King of Queens. If the original writers were all dead, they'd be spinning in their graves!

Posted by Fred at May 17, 2004 08:49 PM