What is satire?

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    I thought it was Lady Tire's husband.
     
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    Satire is the Republican Party, most of the time.
     
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    I think Wiki's definition of satire is too limiting. In its purest sense:


    Satire:

    Satire - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    Not Satire - straight news reporting--Obama rebuffs criticism for bowing to Saudi king.
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    Satire of same event:

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    It is said that all humor contains a grain of truth or seems plausible as truth which is what makes it funny.

    The bowing incident was one of Obama's earlier forays into international relations and, while he definitely should have fired his protocol officer, or hit himself in the head for not hiring one, prior to that visit to Saudi Arabia, it really wasn't all that big a deal. But it was offensive, in a mile way, to Americans who demand a certain appreciation and respect and attention to protocol in the office as President.

    So the cartoons use humor to express the breach of protocol and at least one component of why the incident was offensive to at least many Americans. And that is satire in its purest form.

    Ann Coulter, as another example, is a brilliant satirist who uses words instead of cartoons--which of course is sometimes seen as somehow more offensive even though it accomplishes the same thing. So those who understand her work as satire appreciate her. Those who do not, see her as mean, viscious, hateful.
     
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    It's an up-hill struggle. Unlike the Jews and the Brits, Americans have a hard time laughing at themselves.

    That's why most of their humorists are Jews or imported Brits or Canadians.

    Though I am native-born American, I do have the advantage of coming from Los Angeles -- that helps a lot when it comes to the absurd.
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    The rightwingers around here produce brilliant satirical caricatures of conservatives,

    without meaning to.
     
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    You are not funny. You think in cannabis. That makes you think you are funny.
     
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    What is satire?

    It's a twisted version of Sateen.......... :eusa_whistle:
     
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    So Ann Coulter is really just portraying a character? Kind of like what? Paul Reubens' Peewee Herman?

    Seriously?
     

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