Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The art of parody.

Parody is one of my favorite forms of humour. It involves mocking, placing fictional words in the mouth of other people. Of course, if the parody doesn't align with your political views, it can be quite offensive. Many a sick parody have been made about John Howard being a racist yearning for the good old days of the White Australia Policy, and a neo-conservative warmonger kissing up to George dubya.

I too could come up with some parody that actually echoes the truth for once, and attacks the idiotic political views of a character.

You could do a headline "Greens leader supports environmental regulation" where you write on about how Bob Brown wants us all to have less electricity, medicine and housing so that the population will decline to 'environmentally sustainable' levels. He proposes policies that kill thousands of Australians whilst claiming its all to help save the environment for the future. You can then invent a funny quote:

"We need to stop growing and populating, stop developing urban cities, a return to the good old days in rural Australia. This will ensure that the environment will be there in the future, to be enjoyed by the very few children who will exist".

Or you could invent a parody about the ALP... "Beazley calls for higher taxes to help the poor" and then write a story about how Beazley told a press gallery "At the moment, tax rates of 30% and 40% just aren't cutting it. Government should be taking all the savings, perhaps 80% to 90%, from all workers, so that we can guarantee better health and education for every Australian and help end poverty. We have to end the vicious cycle where families work to save money and spend it on their priorities.". Then you invent another idiotic deluded comment, like "Look at the remarkable success of Cuba and North Korea, they have no reported poverty at all ! And they have the world's best public health care"

Check out what the Chaser have done about Germaine Greer, its hilarious.

Iconoclastic feminist Germaine Greer has struggled to arrive at a contrarian position on the death of Peter Brock, having prematurely exhausted her anti-ocker arguments on Steve Irwin. It took Greer several attempts to create a tenuous link between Brock’s death and social issue of some import.