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The Best Satirical Songs, Books, and Films

The Best, 1/18/18

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Satire (noun) — the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices.

Satire is arguably one of the most entertaining creative forms to consume and dissect. It presents itself in different ways across different mediums but always aims to achieve one goal: identify a problem point in a culture, a society, or an individual.

What follows is a short list of some of our favorite satirical content. It would be impossible to include all the amazing satire out there, but feel free to share your favorite works in the comments below!


Reading

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

“I am assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London; that a young healthy child, well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food; whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled, and I make no doubt, that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or ragout.”

Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

All things by Kurt V.

And of course, we’d be amiss not to mention one of the most entertaining humor and satire writers: Kurt Vonnegut.

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”
How nice — to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.
In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.
“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
“Certainly,” said man.
“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.
And He went away.

Listening

The Lonely Island

Warning: Pretty much all of their content is NSFW

Randy Newman’s Sail Away

The M.T.A. Song

Watching

From TV: South Park

They are 21 seasons in… so they must be doing something right.

Some people love South Park. Some people can’t stand it. (For me, it really just depends on the episode.) Personal preferences aside, one can’t not appreciate their ability to use humor to highlight weird cultural norms or growing societal issues.

Recent Film: Thank You for Smoking

This is a film based off of Christopher Buckley’s satirical novel about a spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies.

Older Film: Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

DIY

Create your own satire with this handy how-to:

How to Write a Satire Poem


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That’s it for today’s edition of The Best. We’ll be back tomorrow with more great content like this!