Satirical News Sites

  • 30 December 2011

Ever since discovering the Segfault web site my bookmarks have a special folder for recreational news and stories. Writing good satirical texts has become increasingly difficult, because reality is catching up fast. Just follow the achievements of the Republican candidates (Addicting Info is one source to follow, albeit a little biased). After a few articles you cannot tell the difference between reports from reality and articles or video from The Onion or the Landover Baptist Church. The US Republican Party has a great future in comedy (even though they might invade the countries of the audience for no reason). Severe detachment from reality is a prime skill in politics these days.

German speaking web surfers might know about the infamous Titanic Magazin or Der Postillon.

Satirical news predates the Internet by hundreds of years. Le Canard enchaîné exists since 1915. Historians have traced satirical works back to Ancient Egypt. It’s a tragedy that this art form might get you killed or arrested thousands of years after the first works were published. Even the Arabic world knows about satire. Maybe the extremists will remember and honour this pattern of literature in the future.
Meanwhile I will refresh my satirical news bookmark folder with the help of, some coffee and a bit of reading.

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