I've long adored The Onion's humour. So sharply observed both in its choice of targets and in the use of media language. The smaller items like Concert Ruined By Guy Enjoying Himself get me, but it was that post-9/11 issue that showed the Onion to be real genius. They published every week, but after 9/11 there was nothing for two weeks, followed by the greatest satire I've ever seen.
It could've gone so wrong. Emotions were running very high, yet they managed to ridicule the hi-jackers and the wars that followed in one go whilst being very, very funny.
God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule was the lead item, with Hijackers Surprised To Find Selves In Hell leaving me literally gasping from laughing so hard.
I don't know why, but it's taken me a while to get round to its TV stuff. That attention to the use of language in the written word is applied across the board in the dress and mannerisms of presenter, the studios and graphics of the TV news channels, utterly plausible production values that leave the mighty Day Today looking somewhat heavy-handed.
Jim from The Quiet Road pointed me towards this superb panel discussion
In The Know: Is The Government Spying On Paranoid Schizophrenics Enough?
The Richard & Judyesque Fat Kid Successfully Avoids Ridicule By Swimming With Shirt On perfectly apes that daytime on the sofa show, but the one that flattened me was this, which says everything my last post was trying to say only much funnier.
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