So here it is, the lamestream media’s official take on the popularity of Joe Rogan. In the tab text it says the article is headlined ‘I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan’, but on the page it’s ‘Why is Joe Rogan so popular?’ – a little glimpse into the deliberations of the clickbait factory. And it worked – the article rocketed to number 1 in The Atlantic’s Most Popular chart. One of those clicks, shamefully, was mine.
The Atlantic, despite its illustrious past as a magazine, has in the online Trump years consistently demonstrated its decision to become an irrelevant ‘fake news’ outlet that only permits the soppy establishment viewpoints on its pages. So it’s no surprise that, rather than find an actual fan of Rogan to write the piece, they chose some smug IYI who knew nothing about him and, after watching a few shows, decided his brief was to ‘educate’ us all on Rogan’s moral failings.
The Atlantic knew they’d already got the click with that headline, so what follows is a stream of consciousness from a man with no sense of humour and a mind so drenched in the narrative of the current year that he can’t begin to put together a worthwhile argument. The article is littered with his finger-wagging ‘opinions’, and it becomes blatantly obvious that his goal is to give NPC readers their Official Views on Joe Rogan.
If we all have fatal flaws, this is Joe’s: his insistence on seeing value in people even when he shouldn’t, even when they’ve forfeited any right to it, even when the harm outweighs the good. It comes from a generous place, but it amounts to careless cruelty. He just won’t write people off, and then he compounds the sin by throwing them a lifeline at the moment when they least deserve it.The Atlantic on Joe Rogan’s no-nos of inviting on Alex Jones and Milo
For a piece titled ‘Why is Joe Rogan so popular?’, you’d think the writer – already having admitted to being unqualified to write the article – would at least take his research seriously. When we get to the part about Alex Jones, however, we can see he hasn’t. Rather than try to understand why the recent Alex Jones show was one of the most viewed podcasts ever, he calls it “indefensible” and “offensive for even existing”, then admits to clocking out just 21 minutes into the 5-hour video. He didn’t even begin to get it. By this point any fan of Rogan is cringing, and everyone else is being willfully misled.
Towards the end it becomes apparent that the writer has totally forgotten his brief of trying to educate people on why Joe Rogan is popular, and made it purely about his soy-laden stance:
My Joe Rogan experience ended because he wore me out. He never shuts up. He talks and talks and talks. He doesn’t seem to grasp that not every thought inside his brain needs to be said out loud. It doesn’t occur to him to consider whether his contributions have value. He just speaks his mind.
He then inexplicably starts to wrap up the piece by talking about his daily routine, which is of course that of a weak, lethargic beta, and how it differs from Rogan’s, before ending with the most condescending take on the show’s fan’s imaginable:
It might unsettle some of us that we must rely on his fans to separate the good stuff from the bad, but that’s the hard work of being a responsible adult in the modern era—knowing what you should consume and what you shouldn’t.
So there you have it folks, they’re reluctantly trusting us to know which thoughts are the no-no thoughts, and which shows we should and shouldn’t watch because that man bad and that man good. How nice of them to let us off the leash of NPC discourse and allow us to listen to actual conversations with interesting people who don’t cloud every point they make in politically correct corpspeak.
Devin Gordon – the article’s author – seems scared. Hiding behind his pompous elitism, he nevertheless inadvertently lets readers in on his darkest secret: Rogan’s growing popularity terrifies him because he realizes he’s becoming more and more out of touch from the world of ideas – he knows his expensive education has left him ill-equipped to tussle with the rough-and-tumble intelligentsia of the day. He even admits to feeling stupid while listening to the show, yet I doubt he’s aware of how right he is. Getting his piece published in The Atlantic has no doubt soothed his ego, but he’s too naive and oblivious to the evil machinations of corporate media to realize why they published it.