A Satirical Roller-Coaster – Blog 20

I thought the short story was interesting. The use of dialects were interesting to read, and also interesting to decipher. Once explained, the story gets ever better. When we were told that it was making fun of people who judge people by their looks and that the narrator was being lead on to being even more of a fool, I was very satisfied the the story and I actually thought it was funny. Now I anticipate that Huckleberry Finn is going to be quite the adventure to read, and I am not disappointed so far. I don’t know much about it, but after already reading some of it for reasons, (ahem), I know a little bit, like the writing style Twain is going for and the names of some characters. After reading the short story, I can anticipate that the book will continue to be written in a way that is authentic to the way characters would have acted in real life and how they will have spoken. I can also anticipate that some satire will be interwoven into the story in a subtle way. Finally, iMom, for one, wasn’t as creepy as some people made it out to be. That aside, I like the way that the creators chose to convey their message that they were trying to convey to the world. They were trying to make fun of our idiotic beliefs and dependence on technology, and having that come back to bite us with killer androids that bake babies was an eye-catching way to do so. I thought it was a funny way to do so, as usually something like this is portrayed by something out of the Terminator movies, but having something like a docile helper turn on you is somewhat different. I’m not saying this hasn’t been done before, but I’ve never seen it done in this way. All in all, I liked all of these examples of satire, and am excited to read more of Huck Finn. 

Satire – Blog 19

My experience with satire and humor is one that isn’t too complicated. I’ve always really enjoyed stuff like stand-up and comedic shows or reads that make fun of people. I understand that the act of making fun of people is a form of satire itself, so that would be the experience I have with it. And conveniently, satire is listed as a form of humor, so I can safely say that this is my favorite form of humor as well. An example of the satire I enjoy are the multiple late night shows that make fun of current events or people. Stuff like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. I especially like watching Stephen Colbert rag on out current president, who isn’t necessarily in cool water right now. Now for Mark Twain, I do not know much about him, and I have little experience with his writings. But from what I can tell, he is the type of writer that I would enjoy, as he utilizes satire in his works. After looking up some information about Mark Twain, I find it most interesting that he wasn’t just a writer. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur, and an inventor. This definitely makes him seem much cooler than most other writers, and having so many other jobs allowed him to use the many different perspectives that he has seen throughout his time working these different jobs. He could see how many different people there were and how different they are from each other, and I imagine that this enhances his stories in a way that not many other writers could capture. All in all, I’m excited to read the book that is Huckleberry Finn, as I can’t wait to see how Twain manages to capture and bring this story to life.