7 thoughts on “The Best of the Parody Project

  1. I used to enjoyed political satire because I thought it was useful for changing minds incrementally by pointing out flawed reasoning … shaming people into conformity through mockery. Watching The Colbert Report was the high water mark for this sentiment.

    But imagine my surprise when instead, everyone retreated into ideological armed camps, and the already failing art of compromise disintegrated over the second Obama term.

    Now, satire has devolved into a middle finger disguised behind a grin. An impotent catharsis.

  2. I too have wondered about the value of satire in our times. As you say, catharsis for believers, but another reason for hatred from non-believers.

  3. Love Parody Project. Pity they haven’t an offshoot in Australia. There’s plenty of ammunition in our political system, as there is in the UK with the shambolic Brexit process.

  4. John, I was interested in your comments about satire. Satire has always been used to lampoon and, of course, it riles those who support the lampooned. Nevertheless, it is a very potent tool in the democratic arsenal.
    It is even more so in a totalitarian regime although the penalties are often extreme.
    You may be interested to know that satire derives from the Latin “satura laux”, a full dish – a dish full of mixed ingredients and is related to “sate” – full.
    Catharsis comes from the Gk, “purgative’.
    Have a great day.

  5. Thanks for the info Phil. I didn’t know the origin of the term. JGM

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