The problem with irony and satire is the dumb motherfuckers don't get it.
— Ray Wylie Hubbard
Try explaining Hitler
to a kid.
It's a chillingly accurate documentary.
...just in case there's anyone from the Mail On Sunday
watching this, I was using an exaggerated form of the rhetoric and implied values of Top Gear
to satirize the rhetoric and the implied values of Top Gear
. And it is a shame to break character to explain that, but hopefully it will save you a long, tedious exchange of emails.
When, many years ago, I was given this book, I thought it was a satire
. I learned later that it was the first work of a distinguished sociologist. Otherwise, when we look closely enough into a society, we know is not Utopia
and its fair description
runs the risk of border on satire
Imagine if, in 1729, there had been a number of letters to the editor by various authors proposing that Irish children be exterminated and eaten. Imagine that laws of that nature were being seriously debated in Parliament, and that one of the parties had made it a part of their platform. While the laws were being regularly defeated, opponents still had to stand up and seriously debate why it was unethical to eat babies. Imagine that a candidate for prime minister actually solemnly suggested that we ought to at least consider the merits of eating Irish children.
In that context, Swift's essay would have fallen flat as a cowflop dropped from the Tower of London. His efforts to use straight-faced absurdity and hyperbole and satire to expose the lesser injustices of the time would not have succeeded at all. The invisible quotation marks would be undetectable, because there would have been a substantial background of equivalent proposals given in absolute seriousness.
Most of the themes in my comic strip "Dilbert
" involve workplace situations. I routinely include bizarre and unworldly elements
such as talking animals, troll-like accountants, and employees turning into dishrags after the life-force has been drained from their bodies. And yet the comment I hear most often is: 'That's just like my company.'
— Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
Next to George Carlin, the greatest comedian who has ever lived. Only difference is that he belongs in a straitjacket.
I love the title SLAM DUNK'N HOES
. It sounds like something Newt Gingrich would guess if you held a gun to his head and told him to name a rap album.
Now I have obviously never been a big fan of "T-Swizzle", as we used to call her as a joke (but now it seems like maybe it isn't
If the video was intended to be a parody of teen pop convention, it would be on par with some of the best SNL
Digital Shorts by Lonely Island
is such an amazing satire most critics
didn't even realize it was one. And when someone can't tell that Psychic Gestapo Doogie Howser
isn't serious, they can't even be trusted to watch movies for a living.
Hilariously, Jennifer just sighs upon hearing the news that her cousin can turn into a seven-foot-tall green rage monster
. He says heís being hunted by the government and is in great danger. Jennifer says she knows what danger is like, because thereís a 'crime mob' currently after her. And while this dialogue may sound clunky, itís actually pretty close to whatís in the original comic.
Hereís what got the 'Oh come on' out of me: The Thing tells a story about the Wrecker literally killing a bus full of five year-olds.
Welcome to the Heroic Age, everybody! ...The only way you could make it crazier is if it was 'a bus full of disabled but hopeful kindergarten kids who were on their way to a puppy farm on Motherís Day.' Itís almost as though [Paul]
Jenkins is doing it on purpose to create an extremely dark comedy
, parodying the overblown super-seriousness and ultraviolence
thatís currently in vogue in comics, but if he is, itís so close to the source material that itís impossible for me to tell.