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A random thought

Was reading (and responding) to Roger Ebert's blog over at the Sun-Times website.  And tonight's posting was a discussion on satire and credulity (or the lack thereof) in today's society.  Well, among other thoughts, but that seems to be the main point of the discussion.

It got me thinking about how little satire plays a part in today of late.  Aside from the shows such as "The Daily Show" or the occasional literary piece that manages to slip past the editors, it seems that satire has fallen by the wayside.  And being satirical can either land you a lawsuit (as has happened in the past) or in jail (as has also happened in the past.)  Even gentle satire, such as the sort that Will Rogers used could provoke a reaction in the wrong way.

So when did we lose our sense of satire?  It certainly hasn't been seen in a while.  And demonstrating a sense of satire can get you in trouble at work, at home, or in the public eye.  The term 'politically incorrect' is now made out to be something more sinister, a threat to the general groupthink of today, even if it's made with a smile on the lips and a hint of amusement in the voice.

Then again, it's late, and I'm on sinus medication... the mind is drifting.

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zrath
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)


I don't know, between "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" and "South Park", I think satire is alive and well.
Or maybe cynicism is the new satire.


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