The Restoration





Jonathan Swift

"A Modest Proposal" (edited)

"A Modest Proposal" (original)


Satire today:

Stephen Colbert:

Background for the video we watched in class -


The Colbert Report's tweet:

Of course, Stephen Colbert couldn't sit this out. Here's his tweet back:

So here is the burning question: Is it O.K. to be racist if you are pointing out the problems with racism? Colbert is not the only one to run into this problem. Mark Twain (Huckleberry Finn) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) have both had their books banned for racist content when they both are trying to point out problems with racism.

Extra Credit Opportunity: where is the line for racism? Worth 1 test grade.


"Students Demand Wars in Easier-to-Find-Countries"


The Onion:

Pointing out the absurdity of putting a racing horse down after it breaks a leg.










Satire vs. Parody