Like Kryptonite to Stupid
You gotta love the internet. When you’re stupid, people find out, and then they tell other people, and the next thing you know the entire intertron is trying to tell you in graphic detail just how stupid you are. Overnight, you are infamous.
Take this guy, for example. He’s a pro-lifer who took an Onion article on abortion so seriously that he blogged about it, trashing the ficticious character and her opinion. Honestly. He didn’t get that it was all made up, and that the ‘author’ doesn’t exist. What a wonderful testament to pro-lifer thought processes.
So what does he do when the entire english speaking web tells him he fucked up? He tries to spin doctor it in this equally hilarious follow up. He ends several paragraphs of frantic back-peddling with this definition of ‘satire’:
witty language used to convey insults or scorn; “he used sarcasm to upset his opponent”
Isn’t it funny that a) it’s not an entirely relevant definition, b) that isn’t even the full definition provided, and c) the identical definition is given for sarcasm, irony and caustic remark. The average internet user would conclude from point C that WordNet is probably not the best source of a definition. They would perhaps have taken the more relevant American Heritage Dictionary definition, also provided by dictionary.com: “A literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit”. Not this guy, which only goes to show that his skills at separating the wheat from the chaff are seriously lacking. As one person aptly commented: ‘you fail at the internet’.
And then he wraps it up with a flourish:
Either way, I think I did a good job of turning the “satire” right back at them, don’t you?
Um, no. Asshat.