The moments in which I find political and cultural reality impossible to satirize — or impossible to distinguish from satire — are becoming more and more frequent. It's possible the world is getting stranger. Or stupider. It's also possible that I'm going crazier. It's possible that's not either/or.
Case in point: Tom DeLay will be on "Dancing With the Stars." Is that reality? Or brutal social satire? I now know, having read the answer. And a few years ago I would have been confident saying "satire." But now I've learned not to assume, and certainly not to wager.
Has the line between American popular and political culture and the deliberate ridicule thereof become obsolete?
What's your most recent instance of realizing that reality is stranger than satire?
Last 5 posts by Ken White
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- Department of Justice Uses Search Warrant To Get Data On Visitors to Anti-Trump Site - August 14th, 2017
- America At The End of All Hypotheticals - August 14th, 2017
- Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - August 11th, 2017