Podcast: civility in online public discourse

Tracy and I discussed our Locally Grown civility/discussion guidelines. Ross’ attorney says he’s still on medical leave.


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And for those of you wondering about the use of the phrase ‘you ignorant slut’ here on Locally Grown, here’s a little Saturday Night Live (SNL) historical blurb on Jane Curtin:

In a parody of the “Point-Counterpoint” segment of the news program 60 Minutes, Curtin portrayed a controlled “liberal”, Politically Correct viewpoint (referencing Shana Alexander) vs. Dan Aykroyd, who (referencing James J. Kilpatrick) prototyped the right-wing view, albeit with an over the top “attack” journalist slant. Curtin would present the liberal “Point” portion first, then Aykroyd would present the “Counterpoint” portion, sometimes beginning with the statement, “Jane, you ignorant slut.”

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  1. Ross Currier said:

    I love the photos of Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd.

    Ah, those were the days…my senior year in high school.

    Well, as I think about it, there was much social awkwardness…

    …but great comedy on television to boost my spirits at the end of the night.

    Have I ever told you that Jane Curtin was from Wellesley, Massachusetts?

    January 17, 2008
  2. Bruce Morlan said:

    Oh my. Having to explain cultural references, next thing you know I won’t be able to use “Watergate” as a prototype for political malfeasance without a Wikipedia link …

    January 17, 2008
  3. Paul Fried said:

    Re: Aykroyd “Ignorant slut” quip:
    One person’s harsh incivility is another’s affectionate, humorous, obscure cultural reference?

    Sometimes context is everything.

    Memo to LoGroNo readers:
    Thorough familiarity with late ’70’s SNL.

    If you didn’t watch the right (or left?) TV in the right era, you don’t get the joke, or the civility?

    January 17, 2008

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