Thursday, August 24, 2006

Satire is not dead

I didn't realize this book was out until a friend pointed me to the Quill Awards, for which it's been nominated in the "humor" category. If you're not familiar with the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you've been missing out--it's an "alternative" creation theory to Intelligent Design that requires its adherents to dress in full pirate regalia, among other things. The creation of an "out of work physics major," it's really taken off as an outlet for people's frustration with the whole ID movement.

Proof, again, that with the web, you just need a good idea and a presence online. People will notice. You'll get a book deal. These things really do happen. Now if someone could satirize Ann Coulter...oh, wait, she's already doing that herself.


Rikoshi said...

I just found out about the book a week or so ago, myself, and I was very amused. I was debating checking it out, but I've been told it's not as funny as the original website, so I'm iffy.

Tim said...

... and therein lies the peril of a good idea that catches on. You have to be able to keep it going, or else the followup doesn't work.

This relates to my product management work, too. It's not enough to get people to come look at your product (or book). They have to like it enough to want to stick around (read it).