shakahislop

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Red scare in itself is a million more times interesting than the 'dimes square’ discussion in the papers etc. Or the tiny patch of land that is dimes square itself.
 

shakahislop

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it's a reconfiguration of elements that represents a new cultural force I think, for better or for worse

the combination of the very informal podcast format, the parasocial element, that its two sexy girls, the eastern european component, the anti-me-too thing, the weight obsession, the mean girls thing, the pop culture commentary (which is very similar to k punk in a lot of ways). it reminds me of the ramones a bit, in that its such a weird recombination of stuff
 

mvuent

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It's lost a little juice hasn't it? Over the past year I've seen some of my non online friends post red scare adjacent content which is a sure sign of the end. It's nearly Old Media at this point
yeah seems like a lot of the people who first got propelled to (niche) fame in this scene in the mid 2010s know the ride's over and are either pivoting to more conventional forms of social climbing or slithering back into the shadows. they've lost their touch, or ability to project the illusion of having a touch.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Yeah I see that but it's the foreground bit I don't get, something about the driver is supposed to make it funny no?
It's September and someone crashes into twin towers... and what?
 

Clinamenic

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I don't get the joke here... explain it to me Climaxer?
The phrase "It's finally September, y'all :leaf:" indicates a certain sanguine vacuity, here associable with the upper-middle-class American suburban female demographic, a culture poignantly juxtaposed to that of the violent Islamic fundamentalists, as conveyed by the admittedly solid photoshopping job. The humor here is that of textbook incongruity, plus the fact that 9/11 has a 9 in it and warrants a vague reference to the season of Fall (edit: and the various seasonal consumer delights entailed thereby), plus a generous dash of uncomfortable edginess, which one may come to expect from a place like the Red Scare subreddit.
 
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Clinamenic

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You could also say that the humor involves an awareness that the three previously stated components do not, in fact, amount to funny, but instead amount to outrageous and insensitive, and that in light of this the real humor is at the expense of those who find it so outrageous and insensitive.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
The phrase "It's finally September, y'all :leaf:" indicates a certain sanguine vacuity, here associable with the upper-middle-class American suburban female demographic, a culture poignantly juxtaposed to that of the violent Islamic fundamentalists, as conveyed by the admittedly solid photoshopping job. The humor here is that of textbook incongruity, plus the fact that 9/11 has a 9 in it and warrants a vague reference to the season of Fall (edit: and the various seasonal consumer delights entailed thereby), plus a generous dash of uncomfortable edginess, which one may come to expect from a place like the Red Scare subreddit.
Ah ok I thought there was more to it.
 

dilbert1

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You could also say that the humor involves an awareness that the three previously stated components do not, in fact, amount to funny, but instead amount to outrageous and insensitive, and that in light of this the real humor is at the expense of those who find it so outrageous and insensitive.
This is the core of American culture war logic: negative partisanship, contrarian provocation, etc. Not just humor, the only identity or ‘substance’ experienced by these types is contra least generous idealization of cultural opponents, and fantasizing about their suffering or punishment.

And this is coming from someone who enjoys a bit of 9/11 humor here and there
 

dilbert1

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In my experience American conservatives and right-wingers (some variation of which the Red Scare/Dimes Square-adjacent crowd are increasingly sympathetic to) are at least historically just as sanctimonious as good liberals (if not moreso) regarding 9/11, I suppose in the context of that subreddit the meme is somewhat directed negatively toward care-lords of all stripes. I do personally find it somewhat amusing, just because the imagery of that mini-van dash combined with the lady’s attire inspires within me in a potent way a contempt for mainstream American culture. Similar to this tattoo an old friend of mine had, which I think originated in early-mid 00s punk circles

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dilbert1

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But back to what I was saying before, the now classic example to me is the post-left types going, “Woke liberalism is a hysterical, self-righteous and scientistic religion! I know, I’ll pretend to be Catholic and tweet about the eucharist all day.”

Or from the woke liberal side of things, noticing that Republican governor of Florida Ron DeSantis is seemingly gaining popularity, and so really sticking it to the chuds by slapping this on your car…

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dilbert1

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And who could forget that mural of Trump and Putin kissing… great reminders of why the Right is generally better at this stupid game
 

Clinamenic

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This is the core of American culture war logic: negative partisanship, contrarian provocation, etc. Not just humor, the only identity or ‘substance’ experienced by these types is contra least generous idealization of cultural opponents, and fantasizing about their suffering or punishment.

And this is coming from someone who enjoys a bit of 9/11 humor here and there
This point is what I was trying to get at in @version 's Hypothetical Enemies thread, but dilbert here does a better job.

Haha I even said "I think this is critical to how the culture war works"
 
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