Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

I picked up the audio book to Al Franken's 2004 satirical political commentary while browsing at the library. I figured he's a funny and intelligent guy, so the book should be entertaining and might have a couple interesting points to make along the way.

On the plus side, it is entertaining, and somewhat educational. However, he undermines his own position by taking such a one-sided view, it's hard to trust completely. (I have no doubt that the well researched lies he exposes are accurate, but are we to believe there are none from the left? Doubtful.)

On the down side, the book is dated now (though the meta-level discussion still applies) and his style of humor wears thin after a while.

Ultimately though, his satirical indictment of the right fails for the same reason that Al Gore's The Assault On Reason may have. If you have to explain: You are losing. In today's attention-driven, sound byte culture, the average American can't be bothered to make time to look at all the facts and weigh arguments.

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