Who said Powerpoint was useless? This is quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen — hip-hop and rap tracks represented in the form of Powerpoint charts and graphs. (Note: Each slide is a link to the YouTube video of the song referenced.)
Archive for the ‘satire’ Category
I was watching the movie Network recently, and I realized that it is the finest satire ever made. I’ll tell you why.
The definition of satire is “Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice, or stupidity.” (American Heritage Dictionary) At its best, satire toes the line between the realistic and the fantastic. It leaves you partially unable to discern the difference between the two. It turn something we see every day and tweaks it just enough that we begin to see just how silly it actually is. The absolute best satire is so rooted in real life and so incisive that it actually has a predictive quality. It brings to light a situation that, if not remedied, becomes reality.
Unfortunately, Network, high satire when it was released in 1976, has now come true. Most people know the movie Network based on this one scene, the “Mad As Hell” scene. It basically won Peter Finch an Oscar. (The movie was nominated for 10 and won 4.) There is another key scene, another of Beale’s rants, that is even more prescient. Just watch the YouTube video above an tell me that this isn’t a precise description of the media landscape thirty years later.
Oh, if you haven’t seen Network, put it in your Netflix cue today.