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Creative Weekly: Satire

http://www.theonion.com/articles/abusive-father-cant-wait-to-see-the-art-hes-inspir,27192/

I would have to say the articles on The Onion are always worth a good laugh. This particular article is a great example of satire because if people did not know it was a joke they could be seriously disturbed and perturbed by what this father has done to his children. Some of the remarks the father makes in the article are absolutely hysterical while being absolutely ridiculous at the same time because most parents would never subject their children to this kind of punishment.

This is an article that was brought to my attention recently but The Onion contains quite a few gems from politics, sports, entertainment, social, etc. It is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a good laugh.

**Teacher Sidebar**

Satire is always a great way to make light of a serious situation whether it is political, social, personal, etc. But when it comes to teaching you have to make sure students who are learning it for the first time understand that it is not literal, but metaphorical. If students do not understand this than it could be come quite disastrous and you will have parent calling complaining their children are learning about how to sustain an country by eating the flesh of babies or that its alright for fathers to abuse their children for artistic purposes. So I would say just make sure that it is an awesome piece of satire that will make students understand and enjoy all at the same time.

  • 15 February 2012