WNism isn't funny
(Just the title)
A noteworthy characteristic of WNist writing
and discourse is
that it's as dry
as unbuttered toast. That's not to say that it's
not smart, true, and orphic.
What I mean to convey is that language, especially a complex one such as English, can be plied in various styles that access different compartments of the human psyche and that there appears to be only a spartan endeavor among WNist to develop more creative and engaging styles of communication.
WNist writing is seldom clever, especially on discussion boards. It rarely makes you laugh and is
only entertaining on a dialectical or academic level
. Everything is an academic thesis or a history report. The language itself is not thought provoking; the adjectives are common and banal, the concepts are straight forward and unimaginatively articulated.
For example instead of saying "an old light bulb" you could say "a greasy light bulb" creating in the minds eye a richer more meaningful picture.
The left on the other hand is silly. Everything is a joke to them. Partially it's because they cannot successfully debate the points, but also they seem to have a deeper understanding of people than we do. Bill Maher seems to win his debates, not with logic, but with the illiciting of laughter and ridicule of his audience towards his opponent. Much of the writing on the left is creative, rich, and visual. Their use of the english language is more versatile than our own. I would even describe the left as having more creative intelligence than WNist; from art, to prose, and even music.
Most of our media is antique and museum worthy. That's something we might owe to our subject matter, but it certainly doesn't have to be that way.
OCCASIONALLY we ought to try to be creative in our prose, artful. We could even try our hand at satire and humor.
People seem to respond to humor over anything else. Plus when people read funny things it makes them feel good. Most of what we have to say is admonishing, dire, and sinister. It doesn't make you feel good to read stuff like that all the time. We need to be funner, funnier and make people feel better. In doing so we could shape the image of WNist in a way that made it more slippery for its critics.