Not too long ago, I blogged about Beppe Bigazzi, the Italian tv host who advocated for stewing cats. My working theory was that Bigazzi could not possibly have been stupid enough not to know his remarks would create a backlash. If so, then he was being wonderfully subversive in a manner only available to those who are full participants in the culture they critique.
I had the same thought recently when reading this NYT piece by Adam Shriver last week (admittedly, this thought did not occur to me when reading Jennifer Church’s earlier post on Shriver’s writings). Mr. Shriver opined that since factory farms are inevitable (because they produce the meat we eat), we should turn our attention to genetically removing the pain centers in the animals we torture. The responses to Shriver’s piece took him to task for the bald stupidity of his argument (starting with his failure to interrogate the assumption that factory farms are necessary).
However, consider this: maybe there is something else going on in the piece. Maybe Shriver was writing subtext. He’s very well educated (in the midst of a PhD in philosophy/neuroscience) so perhaps his agenda encompassed more than the surface pablum festooning the op-ed page.
Perhaps Shriver knew that his argument was so lacking in merit that even committed carnivores would recoil from it. Perhaps those same carnivores, who might not previously have spent any time examining the implications of their diet, were so repulsed by Mr. Shriver’s indifference to logic, ethics, environment and anything else not directly related to human creature comforts that they have begun thinking more carefully about what they consume and why. Maybe, just maybe, Adam Shriver will emerge from this smelling like a rose and not a stockyard.
A fella can dream, can’t he?
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