Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Satire Isn't Dead. It's Just Not Feeling Well

This past Sunday, DailyKos.com blogger David Harris Gershon, aka: "The Troubadour" posted a satirical piece titled...

The Onion Calls it Quits

Go. Check it out. I'll wait.

But, remember. The story isn't true. It's satire.

Did you read it?


Did I mention that it was a satirical, fake news story?


Go back and read it again. 


I'll still be here when you get back.


Okay. See? I told you I would still be here.

Because, if you can't trust your Uncle PC, who can you trust?

That post may be The Blog's all time favorite satirical blog post.

I did mention that that was satire. Right?

But, the point of the fake story is spot on (as The Blog's UK friends would say.)

The PC has been saying it for at least a year or so.

It is getting harder and harder to distinguish actual, factual news stories from those stories written by The Onion or any of it's fellow satirical publications and websites like The Daily Currant, Freewood Post or The New Yorker's Borowitz Report.

Because truth, it turns out, is weirder than fiction.

Case in point...

Today, The Huffington Post gave us the following headline...

Lindsey Graham Tweets 'Dibs' On John McCain's Office 'If He Doesn't Make It Back' From Syria

And, seriously, you can't parody that which is so absurd that it can't be parodied.

Read the whole story here.

It's a whole layer cake of absurdity.

While John McCain is "palling around with terrorists," Lindsay Graham is calling dibs on Grampy's office.

And, it's true!

Does this make life hard for satirists?

Well.... yeah.

Mark Twain couldn't make this shit up.

If you have been following The Blog since day one, or have caught up with his past, archived posts, you know that making fun of the absurdities of the world was The Blog's original intent.

But, holy shit! Republicans are making creative satire difficult for amateur wits like me.

Like The Onion, The PC will keep on trying.

Neither one of us is going anywhere.

(Did I make it clear that the story about The Onion ceasing publication was fact free satire?)

In the meantime, The Blog hopes that, when he isn't writing laser focused satire, but rather, posting half inebriated columns about rock bands or television shows, or full on blotto shares of tear-jerking videos, you will still enjoy.

Ernest Hemingway said, "Write drunk. Edit sober."

With all do respect to the most manly author in American history...

Hemingway was a pussy.

The PC says, "Write drunk, then hit 'publish.'"


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