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Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Nov 9, 2018.
Is it still allowed?
whoops. Sorry for the double post.
Not sure it works anymore, as we now live it!
Malcolm Gladwell did an interesting podcast on whether satire is anything than just comedy:
In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox” asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.
Nanook, do you not remember farther back than the 90s?
Yep - I remember as far back as The Frost Report, though I was probably too young too fully understand it. It certainly shaped my skepticism of those in power.
Edited to correct ‘TW3’ for the ‘Frost Report’, I’m old, but not that old
Are there subjects that are now taboo? Should everything be fair game for satire?
For me, everything is ‘fair game’, as long as the attack is on a defensible portrayal of the subject being satirised. For me, Chris Morris is a good example of handling taboo subjects well.
Others may disagree.
I think so, provided its genuine satire, rather than gratuitous comedy.
And you define this how? Would love to know...
what is ''gratuitous comedy''?
I'd also like to know.
Whereas satire is humourous social commentary, intended to ridicule and shame governments, corporations and even nations, gratuitous comedy is social commentary that pokes fun at the differences in culture for cheap laughs. An example of this would be Curry and Chips, Bernard Manning and Jim Davidson.
I was recently diagnosed with Forum Based Tourette's By Proxy, because every time somebody mentions "Satire" I immediately feel compelled to re-post this
(full volume required)
Is there any anti-social behaviour now that can't be excused by medicalising it?