This takes the (cup)cake
I really am beginning to wonder. Those of you who read Mike Madison’s PITTSBLOG know that I inadvertently coined the term ‘cupcake class’ in response to Mikes satirical* blog post about how Pittsburgh needs to work on attracting cupcake shops Pittsburgh. From that you get this in the media (from today’s Trib):
Getting a cupcake shop can say a lot about your city, according to lawprofessor Mike Madison and economist Chris Briem, who write about the local economy at "Pittsblog". They've speculated, semi-seriously, about "the rise of The Cupcake Class."
Uh, no. not ‘semi-seriously’. Not even semi-semi seriously. I mean, do these people get their news from the Carbolic Smoke Blog as well. And if you go back and read all that is on Pittsblog. What did I say anyway? I coined the term is all. Where I speculated anything is unclear to me. Poor Mike. They extend their reprint of this pseudo-comment in his subsequent post:
"Cities that want to compete economically in the 21st century need to attract 'The Cupcake Class': people with the time, money and taste to consume small amounts of upscale baked goods," writes Madison.
Makes you want to cry. In fact Mike actually posted a follow up blog-post explaining the joke to the satirically challenged because one confused person actually sent him mail presuming he was serious… but I suppose he felt it unnecessary for the 99% who understood the post and he didn’t leave it online.
It really makes you wonder. Note I have nothing but good wishes for all the new cupcake vendors in town. May they retire after their 1000’th franchise in Topeka opens up. I myself will continue to get the 50 cent specials at Paddy Cake Bakery in Bloomfield thank you.
lest I continue.. I will let Mike explain this in ever more precise detail here.
A work of literature that mocks social conventions, another work of art, or anything its author thinks ridiculous. Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is a satire of eighteenth-century British society