I’m wrapping up my exposé on satire today with Diminution and Inflation. There are more subcategories of satire, many more, actually. But some are so slightly nuanced, I read them as shades of what I’ve already discussed.
I chose to put these last two examples side by side because it just made sense. Though they both shine a light on the absurdity of whatever topic is being examined, it’s all about scope — one enlarges (Inflation) and one reduces (Diminution). In my opinion, no one does Diminution better than Jon Stewart. The same goes for Stephen Colbert and his Inflation. I’ve found two clips that perfectly represent both. It wasn’t easy to find examples with language clean enough to keep WordPress from shutting down my blog over indecency issues. As it is both are a tad irreverent. lol
Diminution: Reduces the size of something in order to make it appear ridiculous or that it be examined closely and have its faults seen close up. Here’s a favorite of mine:
Inflation: A common delivery of satire is to exaggerate real-life situations to such a degree that they become ridiculous and flaws and faults are highlighted.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into Satire.
I’ll be taking a short blogging break.
See you next week.
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