Doug forgot that not everybody who reads English is acculturated to a U.S. sense of humor. Doug was clearly being sarcastic about the importance of the trivial item he was reporting. He probably felt a bit embarrassed about sending it to the list at all, and thus made a joke of it. That way, he gets to have his cake and eat it too, as we say.
>Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 15:20:45 -0400
>From: Wojtek Sokolowski <sokol at jhu.edu>
>Subject: Re: Tina out!
>To: lbo-talk at lists.panix.com
>At 01:02 PM 7/8/98 -0400, Doug wrote:
>>Forget the UAW, the Asian crisis, the race-class melodrama - the big news
>>is, Tina Brown has quit as editor of The New Yorker!!!!
>So what does that mean?