Friday, February 3, 2017
On the Corden show they did a clever skit which worked the 17-year-old footage of Aaron's loss into his attempt to "redeem himself" in the empty TPiR studio. It's a funny seven minutes, and a bunch of stories have cropped up in Google News about it.
I should have just laughed at the skit and moved on. But no, I had to get philosophical about it. (I also needed something to write about on the blog.) So it struck me that the skit was meta material at its meta-est.
Google defines "meta" as "(of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential." Aaron's skit wasn't just self-referential about The Price is Right. It was self-referential about his own experience on The Price is Right. You can't get much meta-er.
Philosophy fans - and I know you're out there - will tell you that the current meaning of "meta" is something of a historical accident. "Meta" originally meant "after" in Greek. One of Aristotle's more esoteric and self-referential treatises got placed after his stuff on physics, so it was labeled Metaphysics. We've been meta-ing about lots of things ever since, including game shows.