Neal Gabler defines entertainment in his book Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality as a damaging power which is able to “ruin” society (Gabler, 1998). However, according to Longman Dictionary, entertainment refers to “things such as films, television, performances etc that are intended to amuse or interest people”; to be more objective, it “entails communication via external stimuli, which reaches a generally passive audience and gives some portion of that audience pleasure” (Bates & Ferri, 2010). The contradiction of these definitions shows that entertainment makes both negative and positive influences on society, so it is not entertainment itself, but the way how it is used by human beings has the capacity to “ruin” or improve
In the funniest publication, The Onion, the author uses satire to criticize people and expose them to their stupidity or vice, typically in politics or other recent and popular issue. Satire is used through the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule. In this mock press release from The Onion it is made to mock the release and the reasoning for the creating on MagnaSoles, which are shoe inserts. The author of this hilarious work of art writes this to criticize the concept of these shoe soles doing all the amazing things they are said to do, they are just basic shoe inserts. The author uses exaggeration and overstatements to achieve his goal of mocking the shoe soles and their release.
His intention in lampooning was for his audience to enjoy the irony and sarcasm of his work while criticizing the foolish view of the upper class. During the time play’s release, many critics wrote about their opinions of the play. Some critics saw his work as a fantasy, others said it was burlesque, but there were also critics who understood Wilde’s purpose for writing this play (Kohl 272). For instance, Norbert Kohl said, “He is made to laugh at the hollow superficiality hidden behind the mask of earnestness, and to mock the rich facade…” (Kohl 272). Khol clearly understood that Wilde’s purpose of writing The Importance of Being Earnest was to publicly and comically criticize the rich.
Wallace equips sarcasm to his portrayal of lobster boiling to further convince his readers of their corrupt eating habits. An example of this device is when Wallace satirically explores whether “lobsters are more like those frontal-lobotomy patients one reads about who report experiencing pain in a totally different way than you and I.” (Wallace 63) In this context, the writer challenges those who say that lobsters don’t feel the pain when they are boiled. Wallace argues that the damage is still taking place, regardless of whether or not lobsters feel it. His sarcasm not only makes the article comical, but he illustrates the counterargument through this satirical way.
In fact, one notorious company for using logical fallacies in their advertisements is Proactiv. Thus, the Proactiv commercial featuring Lindsay Lohan that aired on TV a couple of years ago is a precise example of the appeal to authority, bandwagon, and plain folk logical fallacies being used to get their product sold. In the commercial, Proactiv uses an appeal to authority to earn an individual’s trust. To clarify, this logical fallacy is used when a company or brand hires a popular celebrity or a person with “authority” to advertise and express how beneficial a product is.
The Onion uses satirical humor to poke fun at modern advertisements and the gullibility of Americans have by mocking the techniques used to sell consumer goods; it does this through its mocking publication of a product called MagnaSoles. This article uses quotes from customers that have bought MagnaSoles, subtle jokes and puns, and the over exaggeration of the sciences implemented by Magnasoles. The article is rampant with subtle hints, jokes, and puns that key the reader in that this article is a joke. With the use of "pseudoscientists" and "pseudoscience" used throughout the article, as well as the "scientific-sounding literature", this is an indicator that this is not real science talking. It also makes fun of the use of making a paper seem more credible through its constant
Overall, the rhetorical devices logos, imagery, and diction do a very good job at persuading the audience to believe the medical jargon about the product Magnasoles. Although the author was trying to display the stupidity of Americans, he made it sound like he fully supported the product. People who did not know The Onion for its devotion to humor and satire would have never known. Therefore it can be very misleading. Although Americans love their magical pills and products, it is important that they can see through the medical jargon and ignore the rhetorical strategies used in order to trick
In his illustration “Genetic Engineering Cartoon” from the “Amazing But False!” series, artist Chris Madden emphasizes the perspective that both the anxieties about and the expectations toward the future of human genetic modification have reached a point of ridiculousness. Madden supports this perspective by utilizing social satire, hyperbole, and caricature. His purpose is to entertain audiences in order to prompt them to recognize the ridiculousness of certain aspects of the genetic engineering debate. Madden conveys his ideas in a sarcastic and humorous tone for an audience that is neither well informed about nor seriously interested in the debate over genetic modification.
The satire reflects today's society in a way that we still place a deal of opinion on beauty, and vanity. People in today's society contain a quality of being vain and self-obsessed with their opinions towards beauty and political views. Satire is now used to make fun of politics and situations in society with the hopes of creating humor. Television shows such as "Saturday Night Live" use humor to poke at present day issues in the world. The satire exaggerates events to create a dramatic effect on these problems.
Mond explains, in this quote, how science cannot remain the sole factor in achieving happiness. Throughout the story, the Controllers condition the people to view science as the greatest good, but new discoveries often lack what makes an individual happy. Process often infringes on what people as a whole consider as happy. They feel contentment but individuality and passion push brilliant individuals to discover more scientifically. Beauty lies in truth.
I agree with Jenkins assumption that when all people have control over media the results can be a good thing and at other times a very bad thing. In Jenkins article he talks about Bert in a picture with Bin Laden. The picture can be view as creative and funny because one person made an evil Bert in America. In another country when the picture is found can be viewed negatively because it was used to support Bin Laden. The creator of Sesame Street were upset because now Bert who is a nice loving character is now view as evil and a supporter of Bin Laden.
Political cartoons allow cartoonists to graphically comment on controversial political issues and events in society. As an abundance of these cartoons are purposely illustrated in a humorous manner, their focal purpose is not only amuse but to ensure the impression conveyed by the cartoonist challenges the audiences’ perception on the issue presented. David Rowe’s cartoon, which appeared in the Australian Financial Review magazine on November 10th 2013, condemns the Tony Abbott government’s implementation of the military operation dubbed "Operation Sovereign Borders" on the “Stop the Boats" policy. This political movement has therefore, limits access to information relating to the issue to the public and media. Through the use of key satirical devices, particularly: caricature, symbolism, visual metaphors, analogy and captioning David Rowe has negatively displayed the Abbott Government’s apathetic attempt to drip feed Australians information of its asylum seeker stand-off with Indonesia.
By publicly humiliating the concept of MagnaSoles, the mock press release from The Onion establishes credibility and utilizes colloquial language in order to satirize how products are marketed to society. In order for the mock press to gain the audience’s attention, a false sense of credibility is established through “knowledgeable” diction choices and connotations. Such scientific diction is displayed as the article describes how the MagnaSoles “soothe the wearer’s feet using no fewer than five forms of pseudoscience.” The particular term, “pseudoscience,” adheres to the audience in a false matter as it is regarded as a highly “complex” term in its nature and meaning-- thus persuading the audience about the true reliability of the soles.
I agree, there really is this sense of false dichotomy in American politics. Conservitive v. Liberal, Democratic v. Republican, Christians v. Non Christians, these false dilemmas are devicive and stiffle the advancement of society. Worse yet, hoards of people and businesses are deffinately benefiting from perpetuating these types of false dichotomies. Great post, I appreciate your