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How has society's definition changed and remained the same since Wwift's time? In what...

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michelle1700 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM via web

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How has society's definition changed and remained the same since Wwift's time? In what media do we most often see satire today?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2010 at 8:53 PM (Answer #1)

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In terms of satire, I think that society has become more accepting of it to a point where it does not contain the same level of effect that it did in Swift's time.  Individuals have become much more savvy in their appreciation and use of humor to express political or social reality.  Shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "The Colbert Report," and "The Daily Show" have become critical in relaying the use of satire to reflect conditions in a similar way that Swift utilized it.  Society is not as shocked with the use of satire.  The mainstream media has undergone some level of change, as the outreach to non- traditional media has forced it to reevaluate its position.  To a lesser extent, it embraces some level of satire, though severely muted.  The idea of a public whose awareness of satire has increased has forced many media outlets to satiate this with different expressions of satire.

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