Monday, September 29, 2008

Conversationlism + Pragmatic Theater + 2008: Sarah Palin And Tina Fey

I don't think I have to make a very long post here. Tina Fey's satire of Sarah Palin is a revitalizing moment for Saturday Night Live. I hope they can keep the satire up this sharp and fresh. It might strike you that Tina Fey's satire of Sarah Palin is fairly straightforward and basic. I just want to highlight the reason it's working so well.

Required Viewing

What can you notice about this side-by-side comparison? Tina Fey has discovered something about satire. Sometimes, all you have to do is present the truth in a frame of satire, and the laughs will come in themselves. It takes me back to an old South Park episode which mocked Scientology. All they had to do was tell the tale at the basis of Scientology, with a disclaimer at the bottom: This is what scientologists actually believe.

I sometimes see or hear the same thing out of Jon Stewart: "I'm not making this up!" All the satirist has to do sometimes is present the absurdity of the moment, shrug, and say, "That's reality."

To see members of the press--serious members of the press--still arguing on behalf of Sarah Palin as a serious candidate is ludicrous. And all you have to do is introduce perspective. Sometimes that's all that comedy has to be: perspective.

One Example 1

Example 2

Those two examples, I think, exemplify Jon Stewart's role as the satirist providing perspective.


Anonymous said...

The "Xenu" story is NOT the basis of Scientology. It's not even close to it. 99 percent of Scientologists don't know, don't care, aren't interested in the "Xenu" story. It has nothing to do with the basic belief system of Scientology, which is why it isn't mentioned in any Scientology book, not even the advanced ones.

Ronbot Van Helsing said...

Why does it not surprise me that SCIENTOLOGIST Greta Van Susteren has been given the task of softball-interviewing SCIENTOLOGY-CONNECTED Sarah Palin on the "Fair and Balanced" SCIENTOLOGY-SYMPATHETIC Fox News Network?

Sarah Palin is connected to Scientology. Here's how:

She has been, and still continues to be, deeply involved with the ultra-right-wing "Dominionist" church movement. READ THIS:

The main nexus for the Dominionists is the "Committee on National Policy", which strangely includes non-Christian organizations such as, yes, The Church of Scientology.

The leading "Dominionist" church is MorningStar ministries, which
despite being a Christian church, leans heavily on "supernatural" themes and blatantly uses the Scientology Cross in their logo: