Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds freaked out when he read an excerpt from Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl. Unfortunately for Reynolds, the quote was from Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class, written in 1899. And to imagine that they let Reynolds teach at the college level:
The internet is always stupider than you think. When you’re telling a joke to an audience of anonymous online strangers, as long as the setup is believable no amount of absurdism in the punchline will give the game away. …
So every once in a while I try to test the limits of that joke format. And on Friday, I struck the mother lode: I took a quote from economist/sociologist Thorstein Veblen’s seminal 1899 work The Theory of the Leisure Class and attributed it to Lena Dunham’s new book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl. I know almost nothing about Veblen; I just thought it was a funny way to say I don’t like rich people.
Wow, Lena Dunham’s book is actually great. I totally understand why she got 3.7 million dollars to write it. pic.twitter.com/AgneAN1pIw
— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) October 3, 2014
… Then a miracle happened: It got retweeted by Instapundit, a conservative blogger who is read by a lot of relatively respectable people.
Reynolds, whose tone toward anything left of center-right ranges from snide to dismissive to outright hostile, has been criticized for a perceived lack of ethics, but has also fallen afoul of many right wingers for his support of gay marriage.
And Reynolds was not the only person taken in by the quote – in fact, it was none other than FOX News regular Andy Levy who debunked the claim.
Have a good laugh at the expense of Reynolds, Tammy Bruce, Ace of Spazz… um Spoades, and a slew of other bloviating righties by reading the whole thing here.