i’m not sure whether shooting war is a tongue-in-cheek mockery of the whole idea of news blogging or if it’s really trying to be anti-big media but either way it seems to be trying to hard. i feel like the author is constantly trying to show off that he himself is in fact a hipster with his references to american apparel [simultaneously hating it because it’s a corporation but also saying he’s a good person because he buys sweatshop free], making the main character be a hipster from the trendiest area of brooklyn [which so far has given nothing to the story or his character because it doesn’t add significance to his situation] or it being a starbucks blown up [corporations boo!].
he’s way to upfront about everything that it’s hard to take him seriously. it’s like some art school drop out with a trust fund from his parents that grew up reading micheal moore and hating capitalism decided to write a book. maybe he’s mocking that whole cutlure, i don’t know.
i see where he’s going with mass-media crushing the voice of independent news, the whole covering up of the speech bubbles was clever, using bill o’reilly was kind of just a cheap shot because no one takes him seriously [though really would he use the word poser?].
i don’t know, i haven’t seen anything in the book i haven’t seen before. so far it’s just preaching to the choir and hasn’t raised any new questions. the main character seems like the caricature the right would make of the left but this book is definitely from a leftist point of view [and yes i know right and left have no meaning but it’s the only way to write about their meaninglessness].
maybe it’s someone mocking his own culture or making people within his group reexamine themselves so that they see how other people percieve their arguements or maybe it’s jus some guy so immersed within the world he doesn’t see how ridiculous and overplayed it comes across.