Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Satire

Regarding the New Yorker's Obama cover, they are crying that nobody "gets" their satire. Except that it's not satire. From the wikipedia definition:
In satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, ideally with the intent to bring about improvement.
There is NOTHING in that illustration that does ANYTHING to 'poke' the holders of that opinion about Obama. It just seems to legitimize their hate. It does nothing to ridicule them- to them, it is a depiction of what's "real". That's not satire- there is no depiction of the idiots.

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