Going Off The Rails

sat·ire |’sa,tīr|

1. the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Being a fully-loaded sarcasm machine has its ups and downs. Sometimes sarcasm can be a poignant point-maker, helping someone to see the folly of their ways with a dose of ironic satire. Sometimes it’s a tears-of-a-clown type of thing: “See, I’m laughing; isn’t all the world a funny joke? I’m not really sad under all this makeup, I swear.”

With all the recent divisiveness and controversies plaguing our little city, the Synthesis staff has gone a wee bit off the rails this week. Winchester Goose, Trostle, Oysters, Caper Acres, Budget Crisis, Farmer’s Market—it’s a neverending shitstorm of depressing back-and-forth. To cut the awkward over-coverage of all these downers, we’ve driven this train right off the tracks with our first annual July Like A Dog: A Synthesis Satire Effort.

Not to compare myself to Jon Stewart, but as he likes to point out on occasion, he is not a journalist, he’s a comedian—and I can identify with that, as a person who is not a writer by trade, nor a serious journalist (or a journalist who takes herself seriously). So please keep that in mind, and if you are angered at all by our subversive mirth, please do not call Melissa Daugherty at the CNR because that joke-ship has sailed, people.

Sara makes the words happen.