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22 September 2015 @ 12:37 pm
Satire, What Am It?  
This weekend, my son said that he didn't think people always recognized satire (they don't), because there's this amateur rap group they're taking much too seriously.

Well, it turns out that he was really talking about himself there. The first thing out of my mouth was, "Is it those boys you showed me a year ago, with that dead-eyed 'Mike' kid?"

Yes—"Money-Maker Mike," the sidekick, and his snot-nosed vague-faced pal. I mean, I would hope this is satire. It looks like it was filmed in someone's bedroom, and has all the overly serious posturing that only middle-schoolers would cling to.

Apparently, it was only this recent one (dunking on a 7-foot basket) that finally clued my son in.

As much as he loves The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Monthy Python, The Simpsons, Futurama, and satire in general, you'd think this would have occurred to him earlier.

Satire—always subversive, especially when you least expect it.

Now I'm mourning the end of The Colbert Report all over again. :(

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Port: cool brotherdesertport on September 24th, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
I found in teaching that irony is HARD for kids, possibly up to the early twenties. I had to do a ton of irony-as-a-literary-device scaffolding when teaching A Modest Proposal, and often students still couldn't quite grok to it, even when we came across it in more modern readings. I read somewhere that it's a cognitive development thing.

That said, growing up, my family's humor and communication style often relied on irony and overstatement. We all understand each other fine, but I've had to work to modify my use of irony so as not to be misunderstood by a lot of other people. It's especially been a challenge in PDX, actually. People just don't seem to talk like that here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
My dad was very big on irony, so we had a lot of experience with it at home (though I don't think it suits my mother's sense of humor much-- she's more literal-minded, so absurdity works better for her).

Geez, I grew up in the PDX area as well as Eugene. Though I think my sense of humor was always considered kind of weird. Maybe that's one of the reasons why!
Portdesertport on September 27th, 2015 04:08 am (UTC)
Maybe that's one of the reasons why!

Might be! I was wondering what your take on it might be, since you're also from here. I've moved around a bit, but it's possible PDX has been the biggest culture shock. I still can't quite put my finger on why, though. Everyone's perfectly normal and nice, just... I don't always feel like I'm on the same wavelength somehow.