The Onion–Satirical Media

(Leah Haynes) motion-picture-association-of-america-pg-13-rating-logo



Thanks to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show which gave birth to Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report, I have been an active fan of satire for several years. Satire–and humor at large–can be a particularly poignant and powerful package for the less sexy (than, say, a medium like film), but no less important, information that makes up our news media cycle.

I suppose my love of satire really began with Jonathan Swift (click here if you want a nice recipe for your next diner party), and really should have been bolstered by Mark Twain, but Huck Finn took a hit from a particularly heinous high school project that involved explaining satire over, and over, and over…and over.

But my new(ish) found satirical treasure trove is The Onion–a satirical online news publication. Headlines read: “Ted Cruz Provides Detailed Response to Moderator’s Question About Why His Face Is So Fucking Infuriating,” “Report: Getting Out of Bed In Morning Sharply Increases Risk of Things Getting Worse,” and the like.
What I find so interesting, and satisfying, about this publication is that it astutely employs satire’s ability to throw into sharp relief the absurdities in politics, pop-culture, etc. that so often go unnoticed. We become so accustomed to news and pop culture media’s tendency to dramatize and speculate and statistically analyze every little aspect of our lives, of celebrity lives, of events, that sometimes it takes hyperbole and caricature to point out the problems in the real thing.

So next time you’re feeling frustrated, or uninspired, or uninterested in media, take a look at The Onion. It may highlight something you hadn’t noticed was ridiculous before, or at the very least, give you a nice, sardonic laugh before that midterm.

Oh, and just for fun I’ve included TO’s horoscopes for this week below.

  • Aries | March 21 to April 19

    An unexpected visitor will wake you in the middle of the night, rush you to the bathroom, and leave you bloodied and scared. Congratulations, you’re a woman now.

  • Taurus

    Taurus | April 20 to May 20

    The stars indicate that it will be bigger than a bread box, smaller than a dump truck, and just about as angry as most baboons can get.

  • Gemini

    Gemini | May 21 to June 20

    The Bible will stop the bullet dead in its tracks, though why you keep it fastened to your genitals like that is anyone’s guess.

  • Cancer

    Cancer | June 21 to July 22

    Punctuality has never been your strong suit. Keep those at work from finding out with a series of diversionary explosions this week.

  • Leo

    Leo | July 23 to Aug. 22

    You’ll fall for the oldest trick in the book, which is rather sad, as it’s the one where everything comes together in the end.

  • Virgo

    Virgo | Aug. 23 to Sept. 22

    No matter what path you ultimately take, or what choices you ultimately make, this week will still end with you being shot out of a cannon.

  • Libra

    Libra | Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

    Remember: Women like to be charmed, and wooed, and romanced from time to time, you unbelievable slut.

  • Scorpio

    Scorpio | Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

    A mixture of horror and impatience will be yours this week when you become the latest victim of the Doesn’t Really Know What He’s Doing Killer.

  • Sagittarius

    Sagittarius | Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

    Surviving this week will hinge heavily on the bear’s ability to understand English, his grasp of such higher concepts as mercy, and whether or not you’ll let go of that honey.

  • Capricorn

    Capricorn | Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

    People and places from your past will come rushing back this week, thanks to a sudden hemorrhage of the temporal lobe.

  • Aquarius

    Aquarius | Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

    Either the whole thing is just one big coincidence, or they named a deadly species of bloodsucking parasite after you for a reason.

  • Pisces
  • Pisces | Feb. 19 to March 20
    Starting next Thursday, every walk you go on will automatically be a Cancer Walk.
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