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Posted May 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM via web

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In Sir Thomas More's Utopia, define satire giving a contemporary example from TV show, movie, photo, or a post on Facebook or another social media site, and explain why this example is satirical?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM (Answer #1)

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One contemporary example that might be said to define the satire in Moore's Utopia (satire which is still debated and considered "enigmatic" today) is the rash of reality shows that abound. I take the type of reality show that sends people to the wilderness to survive, not in accord with each other, but in spite of and at odds with each other. As Moore writes in Utopia:

that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal; as if there were no difference to be made between the killing a man and the taking his purse, between which, if we examine things impartially, there is no likeness nor proportion.

These reality shows have the same erroneous and satirically critical premise as they pose the value of survival at any cost against the value of human survival at all cost (even the cost of cooperation). Moore pointed out the imbalance in what is valued and how and our reality shows point out the imbalance in what we value and how we value it.

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