Somebody left the following video critique of the Republican vice-presidential pick as a link on the tPrez version of the Sarah Palin is Your New Segway article, so let’s reward a likely act of blatant self-promotion by watching it. And we’re gonna watch not because it’s a pretty good political hit job (it is), not because it steals a good song (“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”), and not because it’s always fun to watch politicos get blown up by their own words (particularly when it’s Rove, Dobson, et al.).
We’re gonna watch because this guy can do what the Daily Show does, and so can a few million of the rest of us. Distributed satire equals people power! Bullshit is a powerful enemy well dug in, but by allowing the widespread creation and easy distribution of unfiltered content, the internet creates what may be a weapon of (political) mass destruction. Or, maybe I’m just being optimistic for once.
This just in from my friend Chris Cosart: the time of reckoning is at hand. I.e., the internet is turning its collective “genius” on Sarah Palin, meaning that she’s transcended the merely mortal to become a meme. Sarah Palin Is Your New Segway is both inevitable (after Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle) and not entirely flattering in intent, seeing as it’s inspired by a Daily Kos diary post (Segways didn’t quite catch on, you see, and…).
The genius twist on the original is that the answers to the question “Sarah Palin is Your New…” are generated by readers right before your eyes — hit “reload” and watch the results roll by. The first time I visited, the most recent were “Heartburn Inducer,” “Discount LASIK,” “Downtown Julie Brown,” “Screen Door on a Submarine,” and “Royal Crowne Cola.” Obviously, lefties are going to have a lot of fun with this one. New view into the zeitgeist? Or just a great way to burn off a little more of that pesky cognitive surplus?