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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:36 AM

PSA: If it comes from the following, it's fake news; satire.

The Onion
Daily Current
Andy Borowitz
Cracked (likely)
Landover Baptist Church

I'm sure the list can be added to.

I think if people just clicked the link and checked out a given posted story, it would quickly become apparent what is and what is not from a satire source.

As for the use of the sarcasm smilie thing, I used to think the use of it was silly. Given the murkiness of some sarcastic posts, I've changed my mind. Its use forestalls misunderstanding. Oh, and some things just don't work as sarcasm.

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Reply PSA: If it comes from the following, it's fake news; satire. (Original post)
cali Feb 2013 OP
joeunderdog Feb 2013 #1
cali Feb 2013 #2
KurtNYC Feb 2013 #14
krispos42 Feb 2013 #21
MADem Feb 2013 #3
cali Feb 2013 #4
MADem Feb 2013 #5
Sheepshank Feb 2013 #6
backscatter712 Feb 2013 #28
MADem Feb 2013 #29
JaneyVee Feb 2013 #7
Jackpine Radical Feb 2013 #8
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #9
Ian Iam Feb 2013 #26
odiumestpuritas Feb 2013 #10
klook Feb 2013 #11
etherealtruth Feb 2013 #12
cali Feb 2013 #15
Ligyron Feb 2013 #20
Coyotl Feb 2013 #13
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #16
SCVDem Feb 2013 #17
cali Feb 2013 #23
Raster Feb 2013 #18
CitizenPatriot Feb 2013 #19
lutefisk Feb 2013 #22
CitizenPatriot Feb 2013 #25
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #27
CitizenPatriot Feb 2013 #30
IDemo Feb 2013 #24
blogslut Feb 2013 #31

Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:37 AM

1. The Onion? Wait...I thought...

So it's NOT real?

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Response to joeunderdog (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:38 AM

2. hyper-real.

quite often.

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Response to joeunderdog (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:27 AM

14. Blast form the past: "U.S. satire tricks Beijing paper"

Readers of the Beijing Evening News, the capital's largest-circulation newspaper, learned this week that the U.S. Congress had threatened to move out of Washington unless a fancy new Capitol was built.

"If we want to stay competitive, we need to upgrade," House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, a Missouri Democrat, was quoted as saying. "Look at the British Parliament. Look at the Vatican. . . . Without modern facilities, they've been having big problems attracting top talent."
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The Onion parody featured an architect's rendering of a proposed futuristic Capitol complete with a retractable dome, a "Dancing Waters fountain" and "55 more luxury boxes than the current building." The Evening News reproduced the entire illustration without crediting the Onion. There wasn't even a caption explaining what the drawing was.


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/U-S-satire-tricks-Beijing-paper-Satire-fools-2829911.php

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Response to joeunderdog (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:42 AM

21. It is real sometimes







That is the problem!


We DON'T want The Onion to be real, but when it does...

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:58 AM

3. I am an old fart, but I don't like seeing that shit in GD

It's really more "lounge material." Or HUMOR. We do have a HUMOR group, it's under-utilized.

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:12 AM

4. I can understand that, but sometimes political satire- if well done-

can make a sharp political point better than anything else.

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Response to cali (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:19 AM

5. Thing is, I haven't seen much of the "well done" stuff--just dumb stuff that makes DU look like it

has membership that can't tell a fake news story from a real one. And because people sometimes don't click the link, it does look that way at times. Sometimes I get the impression that the posters of this junk are playing the "too clever by half" game. I'm less than impressed.

We're not quite at the "KIM JONG UN IS SEXIEST MAN ALIVE" point, but people have been conned because there's no identification by the posters that the thing posted is satire.

That Ann Coulter and the Black Pilot story was just tasteless racism. We know Coulter is a jerk, I should think there's no need to make up anything about her to drive the point home.

And we do have a HUMOR group....why not use it?

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:22 AM

6. It's rare that satire is so well done that the secondary message is clear

almost always I'm pissed off that I have wasted my time reading articles that are more than 3 lines long.

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Response to MADem (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:13 PM

28. Most of the fun of politics comes from the humor!

Editorial cartoons are as old as the Republic, and I'm a big fan of satire sites like the Onion. We all laugh at Stephen Colbert, do we not?

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:17 PM

29. I like the cartoons just fine--it's quite clear what they are.

Same deal with Colbert--there's no mystery about what his schtick is.

But I don't care for the "too clever by half" habit of posting something from that (lousy, if you ask me) Daily Currant without a notation that it is satire.

These posts are invariably followed by people saying things like "Oh, that's outrageous..." or "There oughta be a law..." or "How can he/she get away with that?"

That's interdispersed with a dozen posts saying "No, no--it's satire" "Click the link--it's bad satire..." etc. ad nauseum.

If it's going to go into GD, it should be prefaced with a great big SATIRE caveat.

Otherwise, all it's doing is chain-jerking some of our, er, less attentive members. That makes the place kinda suck, IMO.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:25 AM

7. Also, FOX news, Daily Mail UK & Freewood Post

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:29 AM

8. New York Post, Washington Times & CNS

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:40 AM

9. From the UK:

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:00 PM

26. Everything except The Guardian!

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:17 AM

11. And some of those are actually funny, as well. (n/t)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:24 AM

12. I have never encountered anything from the Landover Baptist Church

http://landoverbaptist.org/

If unaware of its existence ... check it out ... it's great!

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Response to etherealtruth (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:56 AM

15. It is very funny.

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Response to etherealtruth (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:42 AM

20. You just made my day! n/t

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:24 AM

13. Swift, Plato, Orwell, Bierce, and Aristophanes

Don't say you haven't been warned

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:18 AM

16. It would be a nice gesture if the OP added (satire) in the heading. eom

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:28 AM

17. Do you click every link on every story?

Especially on a Smartphone when most times you're in a hurry or are just killing a few minutes.

Thanks for the list.

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Response to SCVDem (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:03 PM

23. lol. There isn't even cell phone service where I live.

and no, I don't click on every link, but I do click links to stories that seem rather fantastic.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:28 AM

18. The Daily Currant

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:38 AM

19. agree that satire doesn't belong in GD

mostly because it is hard to tell from reality these days due to GOP bs.

I've noticed a lot of progressives falling for it, and posting it as real news on FB and elsewhere which only makes us look like teabaggers. Yes, humor makes a point better than straight news sometimes, but it has to be denoted as such or we're going to have people running around screaming about things that never happened.

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Response to CitizenPatriot (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:58 AM

22. only okay on April 1

Otherwise belongs in the humor group.

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Response to lutefisk (Reply #22)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:58 PM

25. agreed. Sorry to do this to you...

sure you get it a lot but, from "Drop Dead Gorgeous":

Brett Clemmens: Oh man... you got some lutefisk in your hair.
Amber Atkins: Then it must be Wednesday.

Iona Hildebrandt: Lutefisk is codfish that's been salted and soaked in lye for a week or so. It's best with lots of butter.



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Response to CitizenPatriot (Reply #25)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:29 PM

27. Trust me - even butter can't rescue lutefisk from itself.

I've had it - just once. When my sister returned from her year as a foreign exchange student in Sweden she inflicted it on us. No one in the family could eat more than a bite or two of it. Not even my dad, who'd eat just about anything.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:52 PM

30. Sounds awful! Will be sure to avoid:-) n/t

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:16 PM

24. Ironic Times

One of my favorites - http://www.ironictimes.com

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

31. I've no problem with satire.

But The Daily Current is just awful. Bad, lame, stupid.

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