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Michael Becker

on 24 February 2010

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Transcript of Satire

SATIRE Attempt to persuade or attack a topic which the author disagrees with. Employs the tools of humor, wit, sarcasm, and irony (militant), Satire is not only sarcasm but also an attack and sharp criticism on the topic. Often misunderstood and may create backlash for the satire. There are 3 intended audiences in Satire: 1) The people who agree with the author's point of view. 2) The people who disagree with the author.
The author is generally making fun of this audience and attacks their point of view. 3) The 'swing' audience, whom the author is attemping to convince of their points of view. The persuasion of this group is critical. The author attempts to assert their dominance by using the humor, wit, and sarcasm to appear intelligent. Tactics To make those who disagree with you look foolish and stupid To appeal wise, smart, clever, funny, and correct to those who could 'swing' their opinion in your direction. Devices of Satire Mockery Sarcasm Overstatement Understatement Parody Irony Pathos Types of Satire Horatian Juvenalian Horatian satire focuses on the wit, humor, and playfullness of the satire to express the author's point of view. Exaggeration, sarcasm, and self-depricating humor are the main components used. Shows more contempt toward a topic and is much more outrageous. Generally addressing a much more evil and, overall, larger problem. Can come off somewhat abrasive, rude, and pessimistic. Characterized by bitter, scornful, ironic, and immoral attitudes. Examples Saturday Night Live The Daily Show The Colbert Report South Park Scary Movie
Not Another Teen Movie
Epic Movie
Dance Flick Weird Al Yankovic
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