Private Eye parodies Peterson’s purple prose

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

You can fool some of the people some of the time – and that’s enough to make a decent living

WC Fields (1880-1946)


I got the new issue of Private Eye today and was tickled by their effortless lampooning of Jordan Peterson‘s tediously overwrought writing. Just like the worst of the postmodernists he so despises (and Alan Sokal so memorably ridiculed),  Peterson’s needlessly ornate, florid and flaccid prose is a triumph of (poor) style over substance…

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“…it is a wise rule and good rule to hold back from skating when there is no ice visible on the water.”

Indeed. And thus endeth the lesson.

 

Author: Philip Moriarty

Physicist. Rush fan. Father of three. (Not Rush fans. Yet.) Rants not restricted to the key of E minor...

3 thoughts on “Private Eye parodies Peterson’s purple prose”

  1. The ante has just been upped substantially in the Peterson parody stakes…

    Pitch perfect impersonation coupled with a script that captures the vacuous pomposity and pseudo-intellectualism of the man so very well.

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