"This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post," began Chris Clarke last Sunday. "This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the
readers' attention, but really only has very little to do with the
topic of the blog post." With these two sentences, Clarke opened a 730-word exercise in meta-humor that has since ricocheted around the blogging world--appreciative subjects of pitch-perfect skewering.
But Clarke isn't the only one feeling sardonically meta-parodic. Charlie Brooker--whose rants on washing machines and Christmas commercials have grabbed the Wire's eye--has come out with a deadpan show-and-tell on how to produce a typical television news story:
This sentence proposes that anyone who might disagree with the wildly overgeneralized condemnation is, by so disagreeing, actually proving the author's point. This sentence explains that such people disagree primarily because of the author's courageous and iconoclastic approach. This sentence mentions the additional possibilities that readers who express disagreement with the wildly overgeneralized condemnation are merely following political fashion or trying to ingratiate themselves with interest groups. ...
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