John I perceive a bit of resentment from you. Mormon humor is enjoyed by many
if that were not the case then the BOOK OF MORMON Broadway musical would not be
selling out everywhere it goes! It's sold out here in Las Vegas and we
have less than 10% LDS in our population. I think it's great that Mormons
can laugh at themselves.
John, you're right, but you're also wrong. Each paper publishes the
types of stories its readers want to see based on feedback that usually comes in
the form of subscriptions. Apparently, the DNews thinks its readers want a
pro-LDS slant. This is not shocking, at least to me, and it's not
probelmatic. Does that make it "peculiar"? Almost certainly. But
I'm not sure that's a bad thing.If a heavily-Catholicized
area was home to a paper that slanted its coverage towards Catholics, I would
think "Of course they do."Now, this comic strip . .
it's just not funny. I went over to the guy's official web site and
looked at a handful of examples. I grew up in Utah, went on a mission, and
graduated from BYU, so it's not like I don't "get" it. Every
joke is so on-the-nose that it has no edge at all. It's probably perfect
for The Ensign or any other LDS publication, but it's superficiality
defined. It hit me like LDS comedies do . . just make a reference to something,
and I'm supposed to laugh. Pass.
The Deseret News survives as a viable newspaper in this day and age of declining
newspaper readership PRECISELY because it caters to its core readership, that of
LDS persons. (This is why I read it online, despite living a 1000 miles away.)
If you don't like this slant, there is always the Salt Lake Tribune. Do you know of any other mid-sized city in America that has TWO major
dailies? I don't.So comparisons with Rhode Island are silly.
Try Belgium, instead (where two major groups divide the small country in half,
in almost every respect).
The Deseret News. The most peculiar newspaper in America. The only newspaper
that publishes through a prism of the religious culture of one particular
regional religious group. To understand the humor of Mission Daze, you have to
be Mormon or have been immersed in Mormon culture. Rhode Island is more Catholic
than Utah is Mormon. It would be preposterous for a Providence daily newspaper
to publish from a Catholic slant with edicts from the Vatican presented as news.
Most non Mormons I have spoken to in Utah don't really feel comfortable
reading the Deseret News. It seems laced with LDS "dog whistles" that
non Mormons can't understand or relate to. How can a state wide daily have
cartoons and news articles that most citizens regardless of their religion can
relate to? What if your Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Lutheran, Sikh? Is the Deseret
News speaking to you? Or are you not in the clique. The Deseret News is written
for one big clique that 40% of the population has no interest in being part of.
What kind of newspaper is this?
I'm not a pro comedian but I see a lot of material there.