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I find it interesting that parody news is more reliable and thought-provoking than actual "news." You see, I was visiting TheOnion (target opens in new window) today, and there were some pretty snarky articles about Rumsfeld, gay rights, and rich people enlisting in the armed forces. It was funny
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Date:January 16th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, The Onion, indeed, is one of the snarkiest satires out there. Another wonderful resource they provide is the daily "Onion Radio News" podcast on iTunes. It's only a minute long, so it downloads super-quick. I listen every morning so I can go into work with a somewhat-upbeat attitude. It is a must-have for any podcast aficionado.
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Date:January 17th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I forwarded a piece from The Onion to a friend of mine a while back and, after he'd read it, I had to explain that it was entirely satirical, not at all a serious commentary and political assessment.
But, knowing that he had no idea what The Onion was, I had to explain that the article was a mockery of its own content.

I knew that my friend was no dullard at all but realized once again that satire today is one of the hardest and thorniest things to attempt and expect to be met with success because of the extreme absurdity of our times and how plausible something may appear to be to so many that they fail entirely to see the tongue-in-cheek nature of it.

I knew it would have been inaccurate of me to think, "Oh, what a dimwit!", regarding my friend's misunderstanding because so many things we read, hear and see everywhere ought to be perceived as ridiculous right on the surface but aren't because they are meant seriously and are understood as such.

Well, by now -- and for quite some time at this point -- satire itself has so many pitfalls in it that our post-literate society makes it only all the more difficult to deal in.

Sad commentary, isn't it?

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