satire - 'sa-"tIr Noun

1. a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn

2. trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly

Courtesy of Merriam Webster Dictionary


Our group is exploring the topic of satire on the web: How it compares to satire in other forms of media, and how effective it can be in the web format. We are especially interested in the evolution of satire with a focus on recent changes as the web has become a popular medium.

We will attempt to create a well-written and thought-provoking site that addresses our topic, using web research into related sites and more traditional print sources. Does the web function like a sort of static television? It certainly can be updated more easily than print, and works can be acquired more easily, too, although it's not as easy to read in bed, where you can be safer laughing your head off than in a chair or on the bus.

Our goals for the group project are for each of us to review and critique a piece of satire from one of the other media under consideration, and compare it to web sites which satirize the same subject. By doing this kind of comparison analysis we can see how the mediums satire differently or which works better for the subject. We will each contribute a page to this site, which will contain our critiques, illustrations, references, and links to related web sites. We will not at this time be creating a site that features our own works of satire (maybe later).

We hope visitors to our site will find it fascinating, educational, and last but not least...entertaining! If done well, satire is always at least that.