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By Pam Burke 

View from the North 40: Satire is no joke, Nimrod

 


Satire is the only superpower I wield with any sort of natural grace and effectiveness. It’s likely that this shouldn’t be something to brag about, but I would argue that what satire lacks in measurable worth it makes up for in its vast sphere of influence.

The key to the wide-ranging power of satire is that it is a multifaceted tool incorporating sarcasm, irony, parody, mockery, travesty, a bit of burlesque and more. Think of it like this: If your superpower was super strength you could do things like lift heavy objects, jump high, run fast, throw far, stop speeding trains and crush a...



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