Created By: cryptoengineer on November 9, 2013
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Stiob

Satire so close to the thing its satirizing, you may not realize it at first.

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The word is Russian, and is described in http://www.culanth.org/supplementals/94-american-stiob-or-what-late-socialist-aesthetics In short, it refers to satires which are so close to the thing being satirized that less observant people can mistake it for the Real Thing. The article calls out as examples:
  • Starship Troopers (film) satirizing American militarism.
  • The Colbert Report, satirizing right wing ideologues.
  • The Onion, satirizing sensationalist news.

There a plenty of other examples; I'm sure they're bubbling through your mind as you read this.

I think this is trope-worthy.

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