This modern subgenre is capable of fooling thousands of people on Twitter. But claiming the president has a dedicated gorilla channel just reinforces his ‘fake news’ narrative
A modest proposal: we should ban satire. While it may once have been a valuable form of subversion, satire is useless in an age where fake news is rife and Donald Trump is on a mission to erode trust in the press by slapping the label on to the mainstream media. In a world of misinformation and ideological echo chambers, satire is ineffectual at best and irresponsible at worst. If we really want satire to benefit the public – and, as Daniel Defoe said, “the end of satire is reformation” – the sensible thing to do would be to cook satirists up and serve them as ragout.
Obviously, I jest. It would be ridiculous to suggest we eat satirists. First of all, they aren’t gluten-free. Second, it’s Veganuary. Actually, I’m only half joking. While I’m a big proponent of satire, I’m increasingly worried that a lot of what purports to be satire these days is counterproductive.