Pickled at Great Expense – or – How My Silly ‘lil Post Went Viral

Contrary to what you may have read in The Guardian, not “everyone in Israel is talking about the British-American BBC comedy Episodes”. In fact, most Israelis have never heard of it and it certainly did not go ‘viral’. Nonetheless, what did go kinda-sorta viral is my little post about it, published three weeks ago on my blog, in which I apparently coined the phrase ‘pickled at great expense‘.

You see, blogging about minutia you can never be sure if you come off as clever or just petty. That’s why when someone ‘gets it’, when someone understands that some of these posts use insignificant events to talk about bigger things, that a post about a television show is actually about the increasing amount of responsibility we outsource to new technologies – that’s when I feel rewarded. Also, The Google.

Big bonus: Episodes’ lead actor Stephen Mangan tweeting about it:
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Here’s the relevant part from that episode. Have a little taste of this fly-under-the-radar comedy:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqQB9TwibAs&showinfo=0

Standing Against A Tide of Hatred

[…] I watch the pro-Palestinian rallies that have been staged in capitals across the globe, and I try to tell myself that these people are not against me, or even Israel; that they just are dismayed with all the violence. I tell myself, as Jean Renoir pointed out with such pellucid irony in The Rules of the Game, that everybody has their reasons. But here is what I finally know: with all the troubles in the world, with the terrible things that the Chinese do in Tibet, and do to their own citizens; with the horrors of genocide committed in Darfur by Sudanese Muslims; with all the bad things that Arab governments in the Middle East visit upon their own people – no need for Israel to have a perfectly horrible time – still, the focus is on what the Jews may or may not be doing wrong in Gaza. And it makes people angry and vehement as nothing else does. The vitriol it inspires is downright weird. But that makes sense, because antisemitism itself – creepy, dark, ancient and insidious – is, more than anything else, just plain weird.
 
   – – “Standing Against A Tide of Hatred” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, January 16, 2009

Read this article in its entirety here.