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Robert “49er” Dugoni vs. Caleb “Seahawk” Powell

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“The purpose of media is just to dull people’s brains. This is an oversimplification, but for the eighty percent or whatever they are, the main thing is to divert them. To get them to watch National Football League.”- Noam Chomsky

As usual, Chomsky’s skill as a linguist masks the fact that his argument is 25% correct, 75% ignorant of the culture and just wrong. Unlike Chomsky, Seattle genre writer Robert Dugoni and I enjoy football. Let’s get down for an NFL showdown. Here goes:

First Quarter:  After the Seahawks beat the 49ers, Robert Dugoni posted on Facebook:  “Seahawk fans should be embarrassed!”

Second Quarter:  I posted, “Ha ha ha, ho ho ho…sure is nice to be embarrassed.”

Third Quarter:  Robert Dugoni unfriended me. C’est la vie, mon ami.

Fourth Quarter:  Superbowl Prediction – Seahawks 33 Broncos 24

Parting Joke:  How many 49er fans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer:  Zero. They just sit around in the dark talking about how great the old bulbs were.

UPDATE Seahawks Win!  Final score – Seahawks 43 Broncos 8

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Written by Caleb Powell

February 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

Posted in Sports

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  1. Did he really unfriend you? During the game? I was too busy watching to post anything on Facebook. In any case, I am inclined to think Chomsky is pretty close to right. “Dulling” the unelightened might actually be viewed as a public service, though, one might add.

    scottsblog13

    February 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    • After the game. He and Garth Stein were having a back and forth. I chimed in.

      Chomsky is pretty close to right if you quantify it at about 25% of the time. But when he’s wrong, he’s motherfucking way wrong.

      If he had written: “The effects of media often dull the mind. Advertisers promote this to their interest. Therefore, in turn, this can have a negative influence on the culture…” or something similar, he would have exhibited doubt and made a better case.

      For a linguist he uses the tools of the worst propagandists, but perhaps this is his intent, like any demagogue, to sway the less sophisticated. He patronizes his readers.

      Caleb Powell

      February 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm


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