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a modest proposal
The text book definition of satire

Literal-users of Facebook may soon get some help when it comes to discerning whether a post is news or satire.  Of course, by “help” I mean Facebook is literally going to spell it out.

Facebook is currently running a beta test on some users’ profiles, in which they’ve tagged satirical posts so that users understand the content isn’t real.

Yes, they’ve actually put a “satire” label on them.

While it sounds like a simple enough addition to the news stream, it does beg a few questions — Is it enough and why stop at just labeling satire?

Just think of all the things we could clear up.  Labels could range from bragging about my awesome — fill in blank — to food photos, and more.  Just think about the possibilities.

No longer will anyone need to be confused by those small little humans or fuzzy non-human photos that keep showing up on their news feed (my baby and my dog/cat are adorable posts — respectively).

And on that note, I’d just like to clear one more thing up:

Satire (noun) — The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

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More on the Story: TIME

…just for fun:

In case there’s still some confusion, here’s another example of satire—

2 Comments Add yours

  1. OMC says:

    I don’t get it…perhaps we should adopt the rules of “clear speech”…

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  2. My Worse Half.......Truth says:

    If only the little news crawl on the bottom of the tv would spell out, ” satire, fiction, blatant lie, half truth, well founded statement, yarn, fairy tale, tall tale, and W,” the world would be a better place.
    “Authors POV……Authors POV……Authors POV……Authors POV……Authors POV……Authors POV……

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