Posted tagged ‘Satire’

Multiple Choice Exam to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

2010/11/01

Lindsay Sidders Hodgins is from Edmonton and is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto (but don’t hold that against her). She is also the Rally Correspondent for The Past Is Unwritten, and as such she went trippin’ on down to The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear held this past weekend in Washington, D.C.

I sat down with Lindsay in Internetland to ask her about her experience at the rally. I then took that interview and turned it into a multiple choice exam.  You’ve been to the rally/watched it online. You’ve read about the rally on Fox News/Al Jazeera. Now take the test.

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The butter’s on the wall

2010/10/05

Germany has been in the news a lot in the last week, and all because of the most important of subjects – HISTORY.

For one, they finally paid back all the money they owed France and the other sore winners of the First World War. It’s already 92 years since the fighting stopped, but WWI is now officially over.

For two, it’s been 20 years since West and East German got back together after several decades apart. It’s such a big deal that even Russian president Medvedev said congrats

Although there is all this talk of history and conflict, there is one name missing in all the chatter that really deserves to be mentioned. And that name is, of course, Dr. Suess. (more…)

…and the Onion walked off to look for America

2010/06/28

This week, America’s most trustworthy news source, the Onion, presents “the Patriotic Issue: News Only Visible to Real Americans.”

Try clicking on the link if you aren’t a real American. That’s right, it won’t work.

By delving into the archives and covering contemporary events, the good folks at the Onion really cut to the core of what being American is all about. (more…)

The Pixies are Terrorists? Part II

2010/06/25

In the earlier posThe Pixies are Terroristst that I wrote on the Pixies’ career as terrorists, I ended by pointing out a couple questions raised by the satirical article that had been written by Larry Haiven, and people’s reaction to its claim that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the Canadian government.

In this post, if you don’t mind, I’d like to deal with the first question. I’ll tackle the issue of cultural terrorism some other time…well more likely I’ll just never bring it up again. Anyways, as I’m sure you remember, the first question was: “how it could be believable that the Canadian government would actually label a band as terrorists for canceling a gig?”

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The Pixies are Terrorists? A Modest Proposal for “Cultural Terrorism” gets loose on the internet

2010/06/11

Way back on 11 June 2010, the headline “BREAKING NEWS: Canadian Government to put Pixies on list of ‘terrorist’ organisations” appeared on the website Australians for Palestine.

The article that followed claimed that Canada had done exactly what the headline said – that the Pixies were now terrorists in the eyes of the government in Ottawa.* It was even supported by a quote from Canadian Immigration Minister Neal Kenny saying that “terrorism anywhere and in any form, whether it be physical, moral, verbal, mental or cultural is abhorrent to this government.”

Obviously satirical (at least hopefully lest I have to renounce my Canadian citizenship), the big question that arises from such a piece is WHY?

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