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Satire

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Transcript of Satire

Satire
Fallacious Thinking
Logical Fallacies & Unwarranted Assumptions.
In the following videos, consider how irony and hyperbole are being used to make purposely false arguments.
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/76932/october-18-2006/santorum-s-iraqi-lord-of-the-rings
Satire often uses hyperbole and irony to draw attention to social issues and/or fallacious thinking.
What is Satire?
The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Hyperbole
Exaggerated statements or claims not intended to be taken literally.
Irony
Irony: A contradiction between appearance and reality, between expectation and outcome, or between meaning and intention
Types of Irony:
Situational: Something occurs other than what was expected
Verbal: Someone says something that deliberately contradicts what he/she means
Dramatic: The audience knows something that a character(s) in a text/play/film does not know.
Logical Fallacies
Fallacies are arguments that are inherently flawed. The come in three categories: emotional, ethical, and logical.
Unwarranted Assumptions
Unwarranted assumptions occur when a person assumes things without sufficient evidence or experience. Generally, these assumptions reveal biases.
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-13-2013/frisky-business---jessica-williams
What is being satirized in this clip?
To what problematic argument is this clip drawing attention?
How does this clip use irony and/or hyperbole?
What is wrong with argument presented here?
What is being satirized?
What methods are being used to create satire?
What kind of appeals (emotional, logical, or ethical) are being used?
As we watch the next few clips, consider the following questions:
What makes this satire?
What appeals are being used in these clips and to what effect?
What underlying social issue and/or fallacious type of thinking is being scrutinized?
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