I received a long crude Harley Davidson joke in my e-mail today from a fellow Hardly Davidson. It made me think about the self-deprecating impulse that caused us to choose that name. Is mocking ourselves a way to forestall others from mocking us? Does it show that we're in on the joke, and we know we're not cool anymore? Ha, that's another joke; some of us were never all that cool to begin with.
Or, are we really so insanely secure that in mocking ourselves we're really mocking everybody else that doesn't see it?