Last night I was talking on the phone with Peta and we were discussing how we feel like we've both reached our limit with all of the snarkiness around the election. I love humor, don't get me wrong. And I totally understand how humor can be cathartic and unifying in times of distress and anxiety. But I also feel like things have gotten to a point where, due to the instant availability of images, videos and blog posts, people who support Barrack Obama often seem like smug, snarky assholes. Now mind you, I am not saying they are. But after the umpteenth parody video and altered photo and clever song reworked to be about Sarah Palin, I start to actually wonder if there might be some harm done as a result.
Not everyone who is voting in this election is young. Not everyone is in their teens or twenties or even thirties or forties. There are people my Mom's age and older. And, while I am not at all trying to insult people of a certain age and saying they don't "get" certain kinds of humor, snarky/uber-sarcastic humor is definitely a generational thing. To a lot of people, a LOLCAT-esque picture of John McCain makes about as much sense as wearing a gorilla costume to Sunday mass. I am not advocating that people all get deadly serious and don't express themselves creatively and humorously around these issues, that's not it at all. But I do feel like there's so much sarcasm and so much satire that it kind of detracts from the very real and serious shit that is going on and will inevitably impact our lives. It's not going to be fucking funny if we end up in a country where Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from being president and there's no amount of Tina Fey schtick that will make that any less scary.