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The Not So Funny Side Of Satire

The Not So Funny Side Of Satire

This morning many of us awoke to hear the news of the tragedy that occurred to a satirical news organization in France. It will take a while for the true horror of this event to register with many of us who also write satire. These were brothers and sisters who were willing to point out problems that they saw in the world around them using a humorous twist.

Any country, politician, group, product, organization, event, and yes, even religion, can become the focus of satire. When we see things that push the limits of reason and common sense, we will push it further to show just how absurd something really is. We can write funny stories about cats all day long, but that will never evoke any real thought about what is happening in the world.

Each of us who decide to express ourselves in this manner, know in our hearts that there are those that will be offended. I’ve heard many writers joke about having to go into hiding after their next article is published, unfortunately, sometimes it’s not really a joke, but a deeper understanding of just how many people will never see the irony of their words, and only see themselves as the victim of an attack.

Today we are hurt, we mourn for those who have passed, but we also will not stop. To offer silence at the hand of violence is not who we are, we will continue to turn our views of the world into something that not only amuses you, but hopefully, also makes you stop and think for a few minutes. Our brothers and sisters in France will also regroup, their voices will also not be silenced by this tragedy, and we look forward to the day when they are once again putting their voices into print.


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I like finding the humor in politics. Sometimes what you hear isn't that far from the bizarre.


6 Responses to “The Not So Funny Side Of Satire”

  1. Mad Max says:

    I’m thinking about writing an erotic story about Ron Jeremy and Jesus. I hope it doesn’t offend anyone. After all, it IS satire….

  2. Mr TM says:

    I cite the following quote from Zizek as a tribute of Charlie Hebdo, as a mockery and blasphemy against extremists of ALL ideologies, and in the name of the spirit of Voltaire, the individual (the individual conscience being the One True God of all human beings):

    “What they lack is a feature that is easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists… the absence of resentment and envy, the deep indifference towards the nonbelievers’ way of life. If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by nonbelievers. Why should they envy them?”

    Long live humour. Long live satire. Long live courage and not bowing to ideologues of every stripe; be they Trotskyites, Sovietists, religious extremists, neocons, Nazis, Khmer Rouge, or any other kind. I am not arrogant enough to claim to know “The Absolute Truth™.”

    But what I do know is: The Truth Needs No Defense! And anyone who says that they must defend the honour of their ideology (of whatever kind), and the various idealised figures they associate with these; such hard-bitten fanatics are already self-condemned. And history will shit on them.

    Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Today, we are all France. And we stand with you.

  3. Mad Max says:

    I kinda like that.

  4. rfreed says:

    Very good Mike.
    I was just at the computer to write about it too, but you beat me to it.
    I will send it in tomorrow anyway, but you’ve pretty much said it all already.

  5. Charlie TM 07/01/2015 (Formerly Mr TM) says:

    Yes, good work Mike. “We can write funny stories about cats all day long, but that will never evoke any real thought about what is happening in the world.” That about sums it up for me.

    Rfreed and everyone else, although it would be a travesty and a disgrace to talk about “learning lessons” from such a horrible tragedy and despicable atrocity (such things are never committed in order to “instruct” people), we can at least remember to keep remembering what we do know. And one of these things is that if even one thing (God forbid) can be Sacred (capital “S,”), then nothing will ever be sacred or of value.

    Hence, if we ever want anything to be sacred (small “s”,) then nothing must be sacred.

    In other words: if anything is of absolute value, then nothing can be of value at all. The “Absolute Truth,” in whatever 1000s of self-contradictory and mutually contradictory forms it takes, from Neolithic times to the last day (or anything beyond that, if such there is), and whether its form is political, religious, intellectual or whatever, is always deceptive, because it is founded on nothing. “Absolute certainty” is the death of all knowledge, and of all goodness. No one who is aware will fall into this trap.

    Keep ’em coming.


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