Mr. O'Neill submits one of Daria's essays to a contests in a teen girl magazine, and she wins. Her prize, if you can call it that, is to spend the day with the self-important editor of the ...
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Mr. O'Neill submits one of Daria's essays to a contests in a teen girl magazine, and she wins. Her prize, if you can call it that, is to spend the day with the self-important editor of the eponymous magazine, a woman who thinks Daria's writing makes her "edgy," and spends much of her time trying to hold onto her youth and celebrity contacts. Jane believes it'll give Daria a chance to return the favor and spend a day at the editor's desk in New York City, but how much "edgieness" can she possibly handle? Written by
Daniel Timothy Dey
Val, and Val magazine, is apparently based on Jane Pratt and her New York-based magazine, Jane. See more »
[a teen magazine editor asks Daria for her definition of "Edgy"]
As far as I can make out, "edgy" occurs when middlebrow, middle-aged profiteers are looking to suck the energy - not to mention the spending money - out of the "youth culture." So they come up with this fake concept of seeming to be dangerous when every move they make is the result of market research and a corporate master plan.
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Mr. O'Neill submits one of Daria's stories to "Val" magazine and the editor, Val herself, is coming to Lawndale to pal around with Daria and hang out at the high school. Val is a narcissistic middle-aged jerk who tries to dress and act hip--too hip in the way she talks, using words like 'whack', 'edgy' and 'jiggy'. Additionally, she is oblivious to how badly she treats others--and doesn't seem to care. As a result, Daria is miserable having this idiot following her around campus--but bites her tongue for most of the episode. However, holding it in can only be done for so long and eventually she puts the over-aged teen-queen in her place--and it feels great to see it!
While I have no idea what Jane Magazine is, apparently this episode was based on it and its founder. All I know is that it is very funny and well written once again. And I am jiggy with that.
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