Wednesday, 9/24/14

Today we are taking a little break from social issues to look at satire.  Where might we look for satire?  McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, my friends.


On this website, there are many published pieces of humor, most of which employ satire.  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.

Today we’ll go over satire and begin looking at Open Letters to People or Entities Unlikely to Respond.

Tomorrow (when I’m not here because of a RIDE ELL Directors’ meeting) you’ll continue to look at Open Letters to People or Entities Unlikely to Respond.

On Friday (when I will also not be here– try to hold back your tears), you’ll look at Lists.

You may be interested in looking at other miscellaneous samplings from McSweeney’s.

All of the selections you will be given can also be found on the Humor Unit Pinterest board.

Pop question: What does it mean that the above phrases are in red?  (A: They’re hyperlinks!  Click on them!)

On both days, you’ll receive a packet of examples, and then you will select four to read and comment on.

Your homework for both days is to find a selection from that category on McSweeneys that you wish to add to our list.  You will do this by commenting on that day’s post with a link to the selection you’ve chosen.


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