Friday, September 7, 2012

The Satirical Awesomeness of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Flying Spaghetti Monster was a satirical piece submitted to the Kansas State Board of Education by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the idea of creationism/intelligent design being taught in schools alongside evolution.
Touched by His Noodly Appendage

In addition to being hilarious and starting a huge internet based movement of Flying Spaghetti Monster followers (which has actually served a productive purpose in helping empower people object to other school boards considering similar decisions in other states), it is also an incredible example of a work of satire having a greater impact than the most well written prose of reason could have.

Jonathan Swift epitomized the straight faced satirical argument with A Modest Proposal back in 1729, and it's something just not used often enough these days.

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report try (oh how they try...), but it is simply not enough. The Onion has become a satirical mainstay, which is just awesome, except for when people start quoting stuff from it not realizing what it is.....

Perhaps that is why it's so hard to come up with sufficiently good satirical pieces, people simply do not understand satire being used to make a point in this manner.

Or maybe it's just that people can't recognize it as satire any more without it being so incredibly over the top (ie- The Flying Spaghetti Monster), because of how outlandish so many REAL arguments are these days.

In which case the obvious satirical take would be the far-too-logical-and-rational, as by the state of affairs in general being so outlandish that it takes a flying glob of delicious dinner touching you with his noodly appendage to make a basic point about the ridiculousness of the state of affairs, the presentation of rational ideas must be the new satire.

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