February 27, 2006

Americans annoyed by international news

Posted in Brandi Crawford at 2:36 pm by groupone

The article that I chose to evaluate is from SatireWire.com and is entitled “Americans Annoyed by ‘all this international shit’ on internet”. The article presents a satirical look at how many Americans are more interested in local news than the news of the world. Upon first reading this article, I must admit that I was confused by parts of it because the article is set up to look like a typical news article and includes specific quotes from people, which I believed to be real. However, the quotes are satires in themselves as they are comedic over-exaggerations of the opinions of very close-minded Americans. This made-up quote in the article represents the idea that the authors are trying to highlight, “But even some of the search sites like Yahoo and Alta Vista are available in different languages. Like everybody in the world doesn’t speak English. Yeah, right.”

I believe that the use of satire can be an effective tool with an appropriate audience. For example, I think that in many cases satire is only appropriate for an educated audience with a sense of humor. It takes an educated person to be able to understand, first of all, what is true and not true in the argument. Also, an educated person would be able to see the many layers that often encompass a satirical argument. The initial joke in a satire is often not the only point the argument is trying to make. To be effective, a satire must also have an audience with a sense of humor. If the audience does not, then the point will be lost and people will most likely be offended. I think that there are certain cases in which satire can be just as effective as a detailed formal argument, such as when the comedic effect is so shocking that it allows a person to see another point of view. The effect can also leave a more lasting and memorable mark on the audience. However, I think in most cases a formal argument is more effective because a satire leaves a lot of room for interpretation and misinterpretation. Also, a satire often lacks the research and specific examples that a formal argument has to support itself.

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