2.12.07

Sick ? Sad ? Or Satire ?

Journal Entry. Winnipeg
December 3rd, 2007.

Quite the little tempest raging over at a fellow blogger's site - The Tea Makers.

It's a veritable smack-down of furrowed-foreheads.

The Tea Maker writes a widely read and respected CBC insider's blog. For self-evident reasons he/she writes anonymously -- to wit: last Friday's "Spitting Image" post.

For those who missed it the post was a juxtaposition of two look-alike images:

King-of-the-Corps, R. Stursberg - side by side with real life corps-king, R. Picton.

No script. No elaboration. No contextualizing. Just a headline:

"Spitting Image" ?

Nasty.

The visuals have been disappeared. But the comments are still there.

In this day and age of Rick Mercer shilling for every political hack around and Frank Magazine being on life support it's about TIME we had some satirical shit disturbing again. It's been way too long since the 'de-flower' Caroline Mulroney campaign.

Was the Tea Maker sick, sad, or satiric ? Let's go to the panel.

Erasmus: THE ESSENCE OF SATIRE IS AGGRESSION SINCE IT AFFRONTS THOSE WHO FEEL UNCHALLENGED.

Swift: 'TIS THE NOBLEST GIFT OF NATURE AS IT RENDERS EVEN THE MOST VILE, HUMAN.

Pope: EXAGGERATION IS ESSENTIAL WHEN IT DEFLATES EXTREME VILLAINY.

Colbert: FUNNIER THAN SNOT.

I supported the post and wished the images hadn't been taken down. Why ? Because I think Canadians are satire weenies and we need something - ANYTHING - to jump start the passions in this snowbound kingdom of ours.

Here's a line from a recent Jon Stewart show-: Ask yourself, would the writers for Strombo, Mercer, or even Mike Bullard EVER have written something like this ?

"Hurricane Katrina is George Bush's Monica Lewinsky. The only difference is that tens of thousands of people weren't stranded in Monica Lewinsky's vagina."

Sick ? Sad ? Or Satire ?

7 comments:

phil said...

Don - would you really classify the post in question as satire?

The Book of Don said...

In this instance, probably not - but to be honest .. I'm not even sure what "satire" means in the Canadian context anymore ? But what I DO know is that we need much more rigorous critical commentary on the "chattering" classes who run this peaceful and sleepy land.

phil said...

Agreed. Preferably commentary that is rigorous, critical and intelligent.

And. said...

But satire is so meaaaaaan. At least, I'm pretty sure that's how the argument goes. That and something about how Canadians are so niiiiice.

(By the way- Speaking as a journalism student, this blog is a fascinating read. When do we get to hear about "Satan's Show"?)

Anonymous said...

teamakers is "respected"? not so much.

Eric said...

"Anonymous" is respected even less.

daughter 1 said...

and apparently Stursberg least of all.