Take satire in context

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2004

I would like to apologize to Mr. Collard and anyone else who have trouble distinguishing political and/or social satire from ham-fisted tirades. From Dostoevsky to Doonesbury, satirical expression has always been an important means in which to expose the humor and irony of our convictions and circumstances. At most, it assists us with a means in which to understand the full spectrum of the issues we face. At least, it provides us a good laugh.

Simply put, when I read a local editorial likening homosexuality to bestiality, I thought it might be a good time to lighten things up a bit, at the expense of that line of thinking, of course. I was by no means seriously suggesting that Juneau should be purged of its Christian community, but I needn't explain this to most people.

I would also like to remind Mr. Collard that this forum is not exclusively for ideas that are "grounded in fact." That is journalism. Opinions are subjective and to condemn the Empire for publishing an honest opinion, satirical or not, and then encouraging "honest editorials that our citizens can respect" in the same paragraph is ignorance at best.

Chad Edwards

Hamilton, NSW


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