- On page 67, Bachelder writes about an university class Upton Sinclair (visiting professor) is teaching, where he uses farce with sarcasm as the form of satire Farce is where an exaggerated and improbable situation is created to excite laughter: in this case, the English 684 class. In this class, students have to "research, write, and self-publish four novels." Course objectives include using "journalistic techniques and sexual repression to write social engaged, morally outraged fiction with unambiguous endings." This is written with a very sarcastic undertone that makes it obvious that Bachelder does not support or like Sinclair's writing or writing style. I could use sarcasm to create an obviously unrealistic humorous situation in my tactical media project where I have people as acting and making sarcastic comments after reading out offensive Yaks. This would make light of the situation so this wouldn't be realistic to use for the whole project, but it could be used to show how false and generalized some of the Yaks are, providing propaganda against Yik Yak.
- Around page 150, Bachelder talks about Huntley, one of Sinclair's many assassins. He uses hyperbole in a Horatian tone as the form of satire. The book states that Huntley is "the most recognized Sinclair assassin internationally. He receives thousands of an letters everyday." It also discusses the way Huntley witnessed "the horrors caused by nondemocratic forms of governance" which uses exaggeration to prove a point against Sinclair. Although the point is very clear, the tone remains light hearted and even a little humorous at times when Dodge verifies, "And so [Huntley] assassinated Sinclair," and Peebles replies, "Nailed him." I could use this form of satire in my tactical media project by getting actors who pretend like they are supportive of Yik Yak saying very obviously offensive things like, "Lol so what if Yik Yak cyberbullies people, if people are getting talked about they probably deserve it, and if they can't take it and want to kill themselves, then they aren't strong enough to deal with life anyway" in a light-hearted tone, demonizing the side supporting Yik Yak, creating propaganda against Yik Yak.
- On page 192, there's a picture of a response survey given by Red Shovel Press for buying the Upton Sinclair book with very explicitly mean responses that uses invective as the form of satire. Invective is harsh, abusive language directed against a person or cause; it is used as a vehicle of anger and is usually bitter. To the question, "Would you recommend Upton Sinclair novels and RSP to a friend?" He answers, "No, I like my friends." I could use this form of satire in my tactical media project by recording interviews of people explicitly expressing very exaggerated negative opinions of Yik Yak. It would be a straightforward way of expressing disapproval and hatred towards the app that could also be good propaganda by shocking the audience through the use of such blunt disapproval towards Yik Yak.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Forms of Satire by Bachelder
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: