Before Tony Vahl publishes the Official DailySkew 2011 Yeti Award on DailySkew.com, I would just like to give my own commentary. Both Tony and I have been pelted with tons of e-mails and private messages about who the 2011 Yeti Award should go to, and most of the votes had to do with the economy and politics- the two top topics of mainstream media and talk radio. Tony does the tabulating and will publish the winner soon. That being said, in the Spirit of Skew, I will not vote for any Yeti in politics or the economy, although there have been many goats.
To me the Spirit of the Yeti is absolute unexpected jump-the-shark horror. The Yeti is so cheesy, obnoxious, and unbeatable that it must only exist in a lame Microsoft game as opposed to real life. When the Yeti rears its ugly head on Earth I lose faith in humanity and any chance of there being a God, Force, or any meaning. The Yeti must be The Nihilist in disguise. As The Joker said concerning The Average Man dealing with reality:
“How does the poor, pathetic specimen survive in today’s harsh and irrational world? Faced with the inescapable fact that human existence is mad, random, and pointless, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo! Who can blame them? In a world as psychotic as this…any other response would be crazy!” – The Killing Joke (Alan Moore, 1988).
Three things in 2011 occurred which shook me to the bone.
Jared Lee Loughner started off 2011 with a bang. He was a symbol of the pathetic mental health system, Generation Y gone mad, Lazy Man Ethics practiced by schools, classmates, law enforcement, and parents, and the talk radio climate of fear.
The Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor leak was a symbol of how we are all ants in the grand scheme of the universe, and how senseless and fragile our existence is.
Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik was another madman who let right wing politics and fear of Muslims get into his head. The reprehensible acts are too unspeakable to describe.
All and all, in my humble opinion, senseless, random death and destruction are far more detrimental to society (and my own emotions) than the economy, Washington, politics, the Federal Reserve, banks, sports, tech gadgets, corporations, protestors, censorship, or entertainment- all things which are snapshots, all things with at least three sides to every argument, and which may not truly be “good” or “bad”,
The Yeti is obvious and clear, not subject to debate. You see him jump out from the trees and then you die.