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The Onion has been pretty poorly written lately. Since I subscribed to their RSS feed a little while ago, I’ve been reading it more often. (These days, if it doesn’t have an RSS feed, I forget it even exists. Boo to me!) I’m not sure what’s going on over there Onion-side, but they’ve let the quality of just about everything drop. The writing is worse, the proof-reading is horrible, and it’s simply less clever and often more stupid.

Thankfully, The Onion has recently been running articles from the past, a different year’s collection every day. The biggest thing that has jumped at me reading these old articles is how much we, meaning smart, non-Bush likers, can say “we told you so.” The Onion immediately nailed Bush for exactly what he was. A perfect example is an article featured today, from January 2001, before the September 11th attacks. There’s also this fantastic little piece of prescience from December 2000

Back in the day, these articles’ humor was all the more clever because they contained a twinge of truth that we could recognize from what we knew of Bush at the time. Today, of course, they are still cleverly written and humorous, but considering how correct they turned out to be, they have a new edge of “oh my God” to them. Yes, they are now a bit depressing!

That, my friends, is how brilliant The Onion is. Was. Hopefully still is. Once this special run of old articles is done, I hope The Onion can get back to its higher-quality roots. I’ll still be reading.

Now, back to my long silence. I’m rehearsing for my two plays and all that jazz, so I’m a bit distracted. Thank God for work time!

4 Comments

Kia Expounded Thusly:

I am a huge fan of the Onion and have been disappointed with their latest works as well. But have you heard of their feature film? I worked on the “Untitled Onion Movie” in 2004 and since its hilarious production (honestly, the most fun I have ever had working on a movie) it has sadly been in the can. I guess the studio (Fox) was just too shocked by the final edit (even though we shot the exact the script that they gave the greenlight too, go figure) and said over film was too shocking to release. However, I just read on the IMDb forum that the film is resurrected and shooting is starting again for an end of the year release. Steve, I have the original shooting script and you must read it! It is over the top and hilarious. It’s the cross between “Kentucky Fried Movie” and Saturday Night Live News we all have been looking for.

Monday, July 10th, 2006 • 4:38pm • Permalink

Steve Expounded Thusly:

Hi, Kia! Wow, I had no idea they were doing a movie. I can only imagine… Actually, I can’t imagine what it would be like. I’d love to read it.

Monday, July 10th, 2006 • 5:01pm • Permalink

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[…] As I’ve mentioned before, The Onion is not nearly as funny as it used to be—though some of its new video clips are amusing—but I have to pass along the following article, which just about sums up everything exactly as I wish I had thought to do: […]

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