I’ve grown weary of ridiculous satire pieces being shared as fact. I love satiric writing, I do, but sites like the Daily Currant and The Onion and the others listed below simply take things too far.
At the very least, they should have a disclaimer at the bottom of the fictional follies they publish bold enough for those who do not possess the satirical savvy required to prevent them from believing everything they read without question.
If you come upon an article from one of these
delightfully distasteful sites, PLEASE do not forward as fact or get your panties in a bunch about it. A bit of advice? Check out your sources, fact check. Easy peasy.
Personally, I don’t find the humor these sites purport to purvey. Seriously, one of them offers up a user friendly celebrity death hoax generator. Sadly, true satire seems to be a dying art. Satire is meant to be humorous, filled with irony and wit, good satire can actually have meaning. Today, satire is filled with sensationalist titles and scare tactics and too often incite people to anger and offence.
They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.
Satire – noun
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc..
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.
List of satirical sites offering up doses of delusion for your reading pleasure . . . I realize this describes just about every news source these days, but these are the ones who admit it.
I know there are many, many more . . . Please feel free to add to the list.
Crystal R. Cook