New York TV producer Michael King on a recent example of Extreme Silliness:
Okay — I have to post this image, but let me set this up first. This evening, we posted the obit for Alan Young, Mr. Ed’s straight-man, who died at 96 — which is exactly how we wrote the article. I’m pretty sure most rational folks are familiar with the comedic term “straight-man” when it comes to comedy duos.
In any event, take a look at some of the Facebook responses. And yes, these people were serious.
Juliette Akinyi (“Baldilocks”) Ochieng commented:
I once asserted that the Internet hasn’t created more idiots. This exchange might make me reconsider.
I’m not sure that we have more idiots, but the Internet has given our existing idiots a chance to grow and develop and take a meaningful shape in today’s complex society.
(This last line poached from Arlo Guthrie, in case you think you’ve heard it before.)