Here is a cutting little parody sent to me by two NYU graduate students—Alan Chenxi Wang from China and Godslove Oghijesu Adagbonyin from Nigeria.
See what you think: Does this capture a certain truth about our political dialogue? My personal reaction to these words is: Ouch!
Dear Prof Singer,
Please find attached my assignment for this week.
After this assignment, I've decided that from now on I'm going to answer every question like a presidential candidate.
Question from Prof Singer: "What are you gonna do this weekend?"
Answer: "That's a great question—and an important one. And I WILL do something this weekend. But let me take a step back, and answer a broader question. What are we ALL doing this weekend? As a nation? As a world? This weekend, I will do something comprehensive and robust, yet fun. We all should."
Q: "But, what are you going to do?"
A: "What I'm going to do involves three things. First, it's going to be relaxing. Second, it's going to be enjoyable. Lastly, I'm going to make sure that it's cost-effective and I don't get into a deficit. Four weeks ago, I said I'd do something—and I did. This weekend will be no different!"
Have a good weekend. See you on Monday.