- Use Passionate Politics to analyze Bachelder's relationship to US! foregrounding key concepts form chapters you read (Ch 1 & 2)
2. Describe three modes of satire/parody used by Bachelder in US! in loving fashion about Upton that you think would be useful for your tactical media project. Draft one form of parody
- Bachelder interjects fictional telephone transcripts of people reporting their Sinclar sightings to the U.S. tip line beginning on page 17. The calls originate from all over the country, and is a satirical portrayal of both the type of people who use the number (kids prank calling, people trying to kill Sinclair) and the ridiculousness of the existence phone line itself.
- The letter to President Reagan on page 73 was very amusing. In it, Sinclair sends Reagan a copy of his book asking when he should visit the White House. Sinclair also writes a letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger, as he once ran for California governor as well, and begins falling asleep while he dictates it. This was a parody of Sinclair's own naivety and belief in his cause and a satire of his writing style.
- On page 78, Bachelder inserts a page of customer reviews of Sinclair's many books. Almost all of them don't have one (as Bachelder wants us to assume nobody has read them). The reviews that do exist include a high schooler calling Sinclair "old and gross," a poem about seeing Sinclair at a laundromat, the GMCGA responding to his book which describes the evil of genetically modified corn and claiming it was all false, and somebody confused who is reviewing actual corn.