Satire makes a comeback

19 January 2010

The Conservative David Cameron posters are just asking to be parodied, and sure enough, at the mydavidcameron site people are doing just that. The number of parodies seems to be increasing by the day. There’s even a template to download the background picture, and advice on which font you need to use, if you want to make your own.

Meanwhile, I’ve blogged before about the attraction of the ‘last days of Hitler’ film Downfall as a magnet for football parodists. Not just football, it seems. The same section of Downfall (is there a template for this somewhere as well?) has also been used for several good satires on Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time (this one I reckon to be the best), and by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to parody film studios’ attitudes to US copyright law. Language warnings, in case you’re offended by swear words. And by the way, the director of Downfall is amused by the ‘meme’ he’s inspired.

I could do a short discursion here about the way in which satire emerges when there is a gap between public official discourse (in media and politics) and what people are feeling, thinking, and saying privately. But maybe I’ll do that another time.

Update, 21st January: The physical world follows the virtual one, according to the Daily Telegraph. An actual outdoor Cameron poster in Hereford has been ‘adapted’ to make Cameron look a lot more like Elvis, and ‘with suspicious minds’ has been added to the copy. .

The parody poster at the top, from mydavidcameron, is by Nick Stradling.

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