What are examples of different types of satire in Idiocracy?

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The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections.

Idiocracy is a 2006 sci-fi comedy by Mike Judge, who created Beavis and Butthead and, more recently, Silicon Valley. Idiocracy was unceremoniously dumped into theaters, not screened for critics, and given little promotion, which led to a dismal box office of less than a million dollars. It has since become a cult film and is frequently invoked to describe the times we live in.

Satire is a key part of Judge's films and television work. In the classical world, satire (the word has its origins in Greek theater) was divided between Horatian and Juvenalian. The former is more light-hearted and playful, while the latter is harsher and angrier.

Idiocracy, while a broad comedy on its surface, it much more in the Juvenalian camp. Judge's blunt assessment is that people are self-centered idiots, and even though the film is set in the future (you might want to look at dystopian lit and film), it is about current problems, namely commercialism, capitalism, and anti-intellectualism.

Judge's approach is mostly low-brow, even if his message is series. There is liberal use of vulgarity, site gags, and especially exaggeration (hyperbole) in the way he depicts people who are so dumb they irrigate their crops with a Gatorade-like energy drink and are named after products (Frito, Beef Supreme). A viewing of the film will provide ample examples.

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