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Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:19 am UTC

I do enjoy the articles on http://www.theonion.com , to be sure. But then the other day I was introduced to the spectacle that is http://literallyunbelievable.org/ : cataloging the Facebook commentary of those who think that The Onion is real.

The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:36 am UTC

To stop doing anything because some people are too stupid to understand it is to do nothing but make the whole world that much stupider. It's their own damn fault if they can't recognize satire.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Izawwlgood » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:44 am UTC

I think Glenn Beck is literally unbelievable.

The Onion flagrantly demonstrates itself as a satire publication, repeatedly. If you can't figure out it's making a joke, I'm with Pastry; it's your own damned fault for being that dumb, and you believing The Onion is the least of your problems.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:53 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:To stop doing anything because some people are too stupid to understand it is to do nothing but make the whole world that much stupider. It's their own damn fault if they can't recognize satire.

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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Deep_Thought » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:38 pm UTC

What's the name of that 'law' about how for any given subject, there will be a person's views who are so extreme you can't tell if it's parody or not? Seems relevant, but I've forgotten it :(

Edit: Poe's Law
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby elminster » Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:29 pm UTC

I was thinking about the same thing. I don't think we should stop doing it either, since there will always be someone to misconstrue satire.
On the flip side: when enough stupid people collaborate on the basis of misinformation... bad stuff happens.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby broken_escalator » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:12 pm UTC

I think The Onion should do a piece about humanity banning satire due to Poe's law.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Pandorly » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:16 pm UTC

People need to be exposed to as much sensationalist satire as possible so that more of them will be able to distinguish viable news facts from speculative opinion in the media. God knows Americans could use a bit of perspective when you consider Fox News is on their televisions. That shit makes me get sick into my own scorn.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Azrael » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:27 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby fuzzycuzzy » Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:10 am UTC

Azrael wrote:
Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?

wait, that happened? or was that your version of invoking Poe's law?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby ConMan » Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:32 am UTC

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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:15 pm UTC

Azrael wrote:
Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?
That's an interesting question, apart from how maybe banning time travel movies does kind of make sense in the weird logic of China.

I think it comes down to the fact that time travel is a genuine impossibility, and if people with genuine political power start talking in earnest about fixing our problems with time travel, then we're all utterly screwed. But governments do engage in practices that can easily be construed as infringing on one's personal freedom, and corporations do engage in practices that can easily be construed as short-sighted and exploitive. And more importantly, the rhetoric is getting so justified these days that it seems people are much more willing to believe The Others are capable of perpetrating any manner of atrocity.

Does that make sense?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby DSenette » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:42 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:
Azrael wrote:
Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?
That's an interesting question, apart from how maybe banning time travel movies does kind of make sense in the weird logic of China.

I think it comes down to the fact that time travel is a genuine impossibility, and if people with genuine political power start talking in earnest about fixing our problems with time travel, then we're all utterly screwed. But governments do engage in practices that can easily be construed as infringing on one's personal freedom, and corporations do engage in practices that can easily be construed as short-sighted and exploitive. And more importantly, the rhetoric is getting so justified these days that it seems people are much more willing to believe The Others are capable of perpetrating any manner of atrocity.

Does that make sense?

the point is that both instances (china banning time travel movies/people believing the onion) revolve around someone treating fiction/satire as reality.

anyone who wants to base their governmental policy around fictional possibilities (i.e. someone talking about seriously fixing the world with time travel) should probably be removed from office (if not society) just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:29 pm UTC

Azrael wrote:
Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?
Any government that would ban speculative fiction is certainly a very literal-minded one, with an approach that would imply a commitment to objectivity we might applaud if we thought it held its internal media service to the same standards. But I don't see how the observation applies here. In fiction we might deny natural laws, causality, recorded history or basic good sense, but always for the purposes of the narrative. In satire we accentuate certain aspects of society in order to bring about a change in the individual's posturing: the point is always to align the values of the readership with that of the self-satisfied author. The superficial similarities are of course there, but, setting-aside that no one has yet proposed banning The Onion, there are pitfalls to satire that fiction simply doesn't need to negotiate which make them entirely different beasts.

A South Park rerun came on last night, "The Death Camp of Tolerance." Mr Garrison wants to be fired for his homosexuality so he can, in return, sue the school: but he finds that anyone who complains about his explicit, sexually-inappropriate behaviour is sent to a "Tolerance Camp", one depicted as the concentration camp from Schindler's List. Mr Garrison is instead invited to an award ceremony in the Museum of Tolerance, and in frustration he lectures on how PC-ism has come too far. Yep, I remembered why I don't watch South Park any more. The point is that creators Trey & Matt are able, through the show, to present a contrived counter-argument to their position and use it to fabricate the impression that a debate has been fought and won. "We're tolerant enough," we're being told, "And in trying to stamp out intolerance further we're being *wink* just like the Nazis."

The problem with satire that's more immediate to the concerns of this thread is that by its nature it presents a text that contradicts its own subtext: and to read the difference requires presumed knowledge. Da Ali G Show satirized a British youth culture which idolized African American urban culture, but in turn it encouraged even more youths to mimic the style (it's not so much that teens are just obnoxious idiots, but that reading subtext requires a capacity for the abstract which comes fairly late in human development - if ever [Google: Piaget Stages of Development]).

In isolation, an Onion article can appear to be a genuine news item because it mimics all the qualities we would expect to find in a genuine news item. We could call this attribute gullible stupidity, but impossibly-alarming news is fairly common in these Murdoch days. Especially when we consider that Onion articles are constructed so that the winks are added towards the end of the piece: the first few lines are often the most believable of the article, with the piece becoming more outrageous by the end. Most people - and you heard it here first - don't read the whole news article. And this is exactly what the Onion exploits: it wants the unexpected reader to become momentarily outraged until they realize, oh dear, they're being had. They deliberately construct this illusion, and that's why they bother to give fabricated quotes from real personalities ("Obama sez," etc.). We call this the power of language, and it's what allows phishers to imitate letters from banks to steal account details, and it's what you try to do when you write a cover letter for a job application. You can claim people must be stupid not to see through it, but I for one am not stupid and I've been fooled by people faked the talk. And going by the profitability of scams and cons, I know I'm not the only one.

To defy the OP, however, I don't think people today are especially more "willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration". I just think you're looking at fundamentally human psychology whereby we take shortcuts in our attempts to gain knowledge by listening to people who've done the leg work, but that such a tactic opens up a wide exploit. Some bullshit, not matter how incredible, is going to make it past our filters, because we've never looked into the matter personally.

I think satire works as a valid method with which to critique society, but always with the understanding that it threatens to be read on its text rather than its subtext because it is written in such a way as to make that an easy possibility. Further, by design it separates its readers into an in and an out-group, and the humour is at the expense of the out-group. The Onion is a Bad Thing already, that is, insofar as it tries to deliberately confuse anyone who isn't immediately sympathetic to the views of its editors.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby ConMan » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:22 am UTC

I think that the fact people still don't realise The Onion is satire is even more argument for having sites like it around. In fact, I think it's more damaging to have sites like that other one linked that make fun of people who believe the articles. Instead, I think the real trick is to show those people, politely, that they were reading a satire, and use that to educate them into paying better attention to their news sources - satirical or not. Which is probably near-on impossible, but it's a nice aspirational goal. Possibly the hardest part is making the connection "The Onion's articles are fake, but look real; it's possible to read the article in a way that helps you realise it's fake earlier on; perhaps you should read all your news like that, even if it's from a genuine news source, since maybe not everything in the article is completely on the level either".
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:03 am UTC

DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby curtis95112 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:23 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?


If they aren't going to learn? Then maybe.

But they do learn. Not all of them, but some do.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby PerchloricAcid » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:53 am UTC

Deep_Thought wrote:What's the name of that 'law' about how for any given subject, there will be a person's views who are so extreme you can't tell if it's parody or not? Seems relevant, but I've forgotten it :(

Edit: Poe's Law

Not sure if extremism or parody of extremism.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby fuzzycuzzy » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:42 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?

that happened, and it wasn't cool:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:50 am UTC

fuzzycuzzy wrote:
Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?

that happened, and it wasn't cool:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

Well, that aside, you do know, Jorpho, that biology doesn't work that way? Overwhelmingly, both stupid and intelligent people have children of average intelligence. Preventing "stupid" people from breeding doesn't mean less stupid people, it just means less people.

Unfortunately for humanity, I don't think the tendency to wish arbitrary violence on people is a trait that can be bred out either.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:52 am UTC

fuzzycuzzy wrote:that happened, and it wasn't cool:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
Yes, of course. :roll: There have been comics and several dozen threads on that subject already.

I was giving an exaggerated example... and evidently, unintentionally proving some kind of point at the same time.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby fuzzycuzzy » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:26 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:
fuzzycuzzy wrote:that happened, and it wasn't cool:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics
Yes, of course. :roll: There have been comics and several dozen threads on that subject already.

I was giving an exaggerated example... and evidently, unintentionally proving some kind of point at the same time.

oh, uhh... oops?
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby acablue » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:58 am UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:
fuzzycuzzy wrote:
Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?

that happened, and it wasn't cool:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

Well, that aside, you do know, Jorpho, that biology doesn't work that way? Overwhelmingly, both stupid and intelligent people have children of average intelligence. Preventing "stupid" people from breeding doesn't mean less stupid people, it just means less people.

Unfortunately for humanity, I don't think the tendency to wish arbitrary violence on people is a trait that can be bred out either.

Take Idiocracy. The premise of that film isn't that the ability to think critically is innate. By most scientific accounts, that's demonstrably incorrect. The premise is that intelligence is mostly instilled, and that "stupid people" tend to raise their spawn to be stupid. On a small scale, this is almost universally observable: smart, thoughtful kids come from smart, thoughtful parents. Does this justify genocide (apart from the obvious moral objections)? That doesn't really follow.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Deep_Thought » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:16 am UTC

acablue wrote:Take Idiocracy. The premise of that film isn't that the ability to think critically is innate. By most scientific accounts, that's demonstrably incorrect. The premise is that intelligence is mostly instilled, and that "stupid people" tend to raise their spawn to be stupid. On a small scale, this is almost universally observable: smart, thoughtful kids come from smart, thoughtful parents. Does this justify genocide (apart from the obvious moral objections)? That doesn't really follow.

It's far from being that absolute. Thoughtful kids often do have thoughtful parents. But claiming that's true ignores the significant minority who act differently to their parents. I've met complete assholes who had nice parents, and vice versa. The apple doesn't often fall far from the tree, but sometimes it gets carried by the wind.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby DSenette » Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:39 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?

the point is that the solution to "person is incapable of realizing BLATANT AND OBVIOUS satire" isn't "remove blatant and obvious satire". the onion does not hide their satirical nature, they're not even borderline on the satire vs. possibly real scale.

it's not quite the same as someone thinking that steven colbert is seriously interviewing them on his show. sometimes that's pretty subtle. the onion is never subtle.

so the proper response to someone responding to an article from the onion as if it's real news is to "kick them in the nuts"*.

*where "kick them in the nuts" means call them out for being morons in the most embarrassing way possible.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby curtis95112 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:31 pm UTC

DSenette wrote:
Jorpho wrote:
DSenette wrote:just as much as anyone who points to an onion article as a real news outlet should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>
You see, there's no real solution there. Yes, maybe they should be kicked in the <genital region of choice>, just like Obama should have walked into Congress and bashed some heads together, and all the stupid people shouldn't be allowed to breed, and so on. But for now at least we live in a civilization where such things are frowned upon. If the people aren't going to learn, mightn't it be best to at least try to keep them from freaking out?

the point is that the solution to "person is incapable of realizing BLATANT AND OBVIOUS satire" isn't "remove blatant and obvious satire". the onion does not hide their satirical nature, they're not even borderline on the satire vs. possibly real scale.

it's not quite the same as someone thinking that steven colbert is seriously interviewing them on his show. sometimes that's pretty subtle. the onion is never subtle.

so the proper response to someone responding to an article from the onion as if it's real news is to "kick them in the nuts"*.

*where "kick them in the nuts" means call them out for being morons in the most embarrassing way possible.


Indeed, the fact that those people exist is the reason for the Onion's existence.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Pez Dispens3r » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:01 pm UTC

Well, not really: The Onion is written for the people who appreciate its satire. That is, the people who already hold those views the editors wish to propagate. That's the reason for its existence, to appeal to that audience.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby DSenette » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:14 pm UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:Well, not really: The Onion is written for the people who appreciate its satire. That is, the people who already hold those views the editors wish to propagate. That's the reason for its existence, to appeal to that audience.

indeed, that's how they get advertising
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Vash » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

A lot of folks don't pay no mind to whether somethin is serious or not, especially when they talk 'bout politics. They get'ta say their favorite thing. A couple some'uns really been fooled, though.

Those people make a lotta mistakes in the first place. I don't think the Onion is the real problem here.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:39 am UTC

DSenette wrote:*where "kick them in the nuts" means call them out for being morons in the most embarrassing way possible.
I suppose what I really want is some assurance that this is still possible: that not only do people exist to call them out for being morons, but that they will be properly and thoroughly embarrassed afterwards.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Deep_Thought » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:18 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:that not only do people exist to call them out for being morons, but that they will be properly and thoroughly embarrassed afterwards.

Yeah, I know how you feel. Embarrassment and shame seem to be slowly evaporating from society, but I'm sure if you pick through Plato and Pliny with a fine-tooth comb they were probably saying the same thing 2000 years ago.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Jorpho » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:13 am UTC

So I was looking at http://literallyunbelievable.org/ again today for some reason and it occurred to me:

If you wanted to point someone at some part of The Onion website itself that stated that The Onion was a parody, where on the website would that be? I cannot find it.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Deva » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:36 am UTC

Source wrote: The Onion is a satirical weekly publication published 52 times a year on Thursdays.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Cleverbeans » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:17 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:If you wanted to point someone at some part of The Onion website itself that stated that The Onion was a parody, where on the website would that be? I cannot find it.


Scroll to the bottom of the main page, click "media kit" in small, gray letter at the bottom and it states it clearly there.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby pkcommando » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:23 pm UTC

Even without The Onion, there will still be folks jamming your inbox with every mindless forward they can find from 'Incredible True Facts' to 'Oh me yarm! This is Unacceptable!' rant that ignores every fact in the matter. People will still link to videos on YouTube because "he said he's a doctor and you can't lie on the internet." Those are far worse in the long run. At least with The Onion, it's easy to point out that the stories aren't real and calmly explain how The Onion works. Explaining to people that the Internet isn't some omnipotent and omniscient God-like super-being able to weed out bad content and vaporize it before it reaches your inbox and keep it from YouTube seems to be a lot harder.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby IcedT » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:49 am UTC

DSenette wrote:
Jorpho wrote:
Azrael wrote:
Jorpho wrote:The thought crosses my mind: as hilarious and unapologetic as The Onion may be, do we perhaps live in a time when people are so willing to completely give themselves over to hysteria and exaggeration that a site of this nature actually does people a disservice? Or am I just thinking about this too hard?

You know how China just banned movies depicting time travel because time travel isn't real?

How is this different?
That's an interesting question, apart from how maybe banning time travel movies does kind of make sense in the weird logic of China.

I think it comes down to the fact that time travel is a genuine impossibility, and if people with genuine political power start talking in earnest about fixing our problems with time travel, then we're all utterly screwed. But governments do engage in practices that can easily be construed as infringing on one's personal freedom, and corporations do engage in practices that can easily be construed as short-sighted and exploitive. And more importantly, the rhetoric is getting so justified these days that it seems people are much more willing to believe The Others are capable of perpetrating any manner of atrocity.

Does that make sense?

the point is that both instances (china banning time travel movies/people believing the onion) revolve around someone treating fiction/satire as reality.

Hopefully this doesn't go too far OT, but I'm pretty confident that the CCP banned time travel movies because of the popularity of shows representing feudal China (or other pre-Marxist societies) in a pretty positive light. They restrict reality TV because it promotes consumerism, and they ban time travel stories because they promote nostalgia. Both sentiments are fundamentally anti-communist and represent challenges to the Maoist interpretation of history.

I mean, China's making money hand over fist, but they are still officially communist and they do care about appearances.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby lucrezaborgia » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:15 pm UTC

If you think the Onion could be bad...

http://www.godhatessinners.com/
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby Diadem » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:44 am UTC

Holy batman.

Ok I admit, I'm a victim of Poe's law here. Please tell me that site isn't serious. *edit* After reading the small print, yeah, that site is definitely not serious.
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby lucrezaborgia » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:56 am UTC

Diadem wrote:Holy batman.

Ok I admit, I'm a victim of Poe's law here. Please tell me that site isn't serious. *edit* After reading the small print, yeah, that site is definitely not serious.



Now prove to me that Conservapedia isn't satire. :twisted:
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Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Postby lutzj » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:01 am UTC

I've always thought The Onion is at its best when it publishes news that isn't really fake.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/voters-slowly-realizing-santorum-believes-every-de,27518/

edit: They're on some kind of hot steak with the social commentary. This article is another that's incredibly effective mainly because it's, sadly, not very made-up.
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