Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"... we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert's political ideology. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements."
[via Huffington Post]
It's basically structural in irony - or even in jokes - that everything is not laid out for you. I've suspected that some things I've done can coherently be interpreted as something quite other than what I meant. That's even without getting all postmodern.
And, just to complete the set, I'm told that one public servant, on being forwarded and article headed Key Cancels "Wasteful" Employment Summit, had to have the meaning of the word "satire" explained to him.
It was suggested that should have made my day. Arguably it's proof of complete failure to communicate.
Of course we must carry on regardless. But, on the bright side, there may be a point where people's reaction to one's satire starts to count as raw material.