Saturday, December 20, 2014

Describe 3 modes of satire used by Bachelder in U.S.! about Upton Sinclair that you think would be useful for your tactical media project:

Much of the satire in US! involves Sinclair’s relentlessness when it comes to conveying his political messages. Bachelder does not miss any opportunity to poke fun at the vast amount of books Sinclair has written and the repetitive nature of each book.

On Page 12, Bachelder pokes fun at Sinclair’s collection of writing via a review he writes for Sinclair’s novel, Pharmaceutical!  The review states that Pharmaceutical! is  “simplistic Socialist screed this country has not seen since, well, Upton Sinclair.” Bachelder is again criticizing Sinclair’s unyielding desire to spread his political beliefs. The novel makes Sinclair out to be a nagging figure who will somehow never die, like his writings.

Page 192 again uses satire and comedy to humorously attack Sinclair’s writing style and books. The scene involves a picture of a response to a survey given by a publishing company after the purchase of a book by Sinclair. The picture shows the response to the question, “Would you recommend Upton Sinclair novels and RSP to a friend?” is “No, I like my friends”. I am not sure how this type of satire could be used in my tactical media project, but I think that if I found a way to incorporate this type of sarcastic tone, it would be very effective.

Page 73 of US! contains a rather amusing letter from Sinclair to President Reagan in which Sinclair asks when he should come visit the White House. He also continues to contact to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the NFL commissioner. These satirical scenes best show how stubbornly Sinclair hoped and believed that his political novels would have a true impact on society.  Bachelder once stated in an interview that he chose Sinclair as a sort of “hero” because he felt that Sinclair embodied an indistinguishable hope for political change. I try to incorporate this relentlessness in my work in order to emphasize the reasons why Chinese international students choose to study abroad and how their experience is positive, not negative.

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