The classical role of satire was not only to poke fun at groups or people, but also to use humor to point towards an important truth. Satire done well is often hard to come by, and we think today’s satirists often fall too much on the purely critical side. But this bit from the Onion—a publication which sometimes finds itself trying too hard—is a real gem:
“As soon as Mike graduated from college, he moved back home and started working at a local insurance firm. Now, he’s nearly 30 years old, living in the exact same town he was born in, working at the same small-time job, and is extremely contented in all aspects of his home and professional lives. It’s really sad.” […]Former high school classmates confirmed that Husmer has seemingly few aspirations in life, citing occasional depressing run-ins with the personally content townie during visits back home, as well as embarrassing Facebook photos in which the smiling dud appears alongside family members whom he sees regularly and appreciates and enjoys close, long-lasting relationships with.
We hope all of our readers will learn from this sad, sad case.