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We're laughing in an echo chamber: it's time to rethink satire
"While enthusiasts of satire may celebrate, this groundswell is not necessarily a good thing. Satire and laughter can be therapeutic ways to orient ourselves in troubled, and increasingly polarised, times. But they are not guaranteed to prompt social or political change. That’s because humour is more likely to speak to ideological groups than across them."
satire  politics  equality  world  communication  media  humour 
2 days ago by ssam
Advocates urge cyclists to use new "Please don't kill me" hand signal - The Beaverton
Cycling safety advocates have developed a new hand signal following a string of fatal accidents on Toronto’s streets. In addition to the existing signals for ‘right’, ‘left’, and ‘stop’, cyclists can now inform oncoming drivers of the their humanity and will to live.

The new “Please don’t kill me” hand signal will be taught as part of bike safety programs in schools and community centres across the GTA, in the hopes that cyclists can more efficiently beg for their lives.</blockquote...
satire  bikes  safety  driving  humor  via:numtots 
3 days ago by npdoty
The Onion -- Woman Takes Break From Dating To Focus On Everything About Herself No One Could Ever Love
'Explaining that some time away from relationships was exactly what she needed right now, local woman Jill Witmer, 32, took a break from dating Thursday to focus on everything about herself no one could ever love. “I think stepping away from the dating scene gives me the chance to really concentrate on every single one of my personal, emotional, and physical flaws that make me fundamentally incapable of being loved or appreciated,” said Witmer, explaining that spending time on dating apps and going to bars had only been a distraction from the innumerable details about her personality, hobbies, appearance, food preference, opinions, and education that would always drive potential mates away, no matter how hard she tries, and leave her desperate and pathetically alone for the rest of her life. “Besides, I’ve just been so busy lately endlessly dissecting my grating habits and worthless opinions that there’s no time for a relationship. And, hey, there’s no shame in staying home by myself on a Friday night, popping a bottle of wine, and really fixating on the innate traits that will ensure I die alone.” Witmer added that only after she had fully reflected on her own complete lack of self-worth would she finally be ready to get back out there and truly hate someone else.'
TheOnion  psychology  shame  narcissism  falseself  dating  satire 
8 days ago by adamcrowe
Dietland Offers an Ambitious, Unapologetic Taste of Something New | Consequence of Sound
A female-centric series that isn’t just about the world of its protagonist, but the entire world
AMC’s new dark comedy Dietland belies easy description. It’s part character drama, part beauty industry satire, part conspiracy thriller, and part anti-patriarchal revenge fantasy — Fight Club by way of Ugly Betty, Mr. Robot with a dose of The Devil Wears Prada, My Mad Fat Diary meets Hackers. That Dietland can only be described in pop culture mash-ups speaks to the fact that there’s never really been anything like it before, at least not told through a primarily female perspective. Based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name and created for TV by Marti Noxon (UnREAL, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Dietland is charting new ground. Because of that, it can be hard to get a handle on exactly what you’re watching. But while that sometimes makes for a frustrating viewing experience, it also makes the series pretty damn intriguing, too.
tv  women  drama  satire  comedy  diet 
9 days ago by rgl7194
The News Quiz
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bbc  fivethings  satire  comedy 
10 days ago by crunchity
Other Things You Should Let Sink In
"If you had a plant at all, it was a cactus. That’s not even a real plant. Those were the days. Now you have two dogs, all these real plants, and a baby on the way. Aim for a slow, deep watering once or twice a week. Tears don’t count. Tap water is fine. Let that sink in."
a:Kimberly-Harrington  p:McSweeney's★★★  d:2018.06.12  w:500  satire  from instapaper
10 days ago by bankbryan

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