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?