In light of what’s going on with #cancelcolbert and general cries of “IT’S SATIRE” on the web, well. This is what I think about satire. Take the moment and think about the fact that racism is just as pervasive and just as violent as rape culture… it just doesn’t affect white people.
I’ve found that I can’t stand satire when it’s violent. I just can’t. Irreverent, witty, and perhaps a bit “holier than thou,” but not violent or even in defense of violence. I lose the message for the words.
I had the opportunity to read a few such satirical arguments recently. Some in the defense of rape, some in the defense of “traditional marriage” and even some in aggression against the deeply religious intent on infringing rights (obviously, since these were their satirical topics, their intended message was for the opposite). I’m sure I’ve read more but blocked them out as satire because of my pure inability to process the message behind the words. The author’s intent is clouded by the adopted tone of the article, compounding an already increasingly frequent problem with online discourse.
Tone is dramatically important in writing and especially in correspondence. An actor will practice the same…
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