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February 18, 2006 8:08 PM   Subscribe

I am stuck on The Borowitz Report and The Onion when it comes to favorite regularly updated satire on the Internet. I also enjoy the Slate cartoons, the JibJab animated cartoons, and Mark Fiore's flash. There is also the Specious Report, and the very meta SatireSearch. I am sure that I am still missing some good satire. MeFi'ers, where do you go for your satire?
posted by Adamchik (37 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Here, a bit amateurish but readable.
posted by mischief at 8:14 PM on February 18, 2006

Rumor has it, the snark is entertaining in the comments section of metafilter..
posted by drpynchon at 8:15 PM on February 18, 2006

I also recommend Metatalk, where people get savaged on a nearly daily basis.
posted by graventy at 8:20 PM on February 18, 2006

Thg green is probably a better place to ask questions like this.
posted by bigmusic at 8:22 PM on February 18, 2006

bigmusic; Adamchik seems to be mostly providing links, and asking a question as a secondary.
posted by odinsdream at 8:25 PM on February 18, 2006

Try Opinions You Should Have, at They manage to skewer not only politics, but blogging in general.
posted by birdhaus at 8:25 PM on February 18, 2006

For satire, I recommend the daily White House briefings.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:28 PM on February 18, 2006

Me likey him and her (for political snarkitude).
posted by rob511 at 8:39 PM on February 18, 2006

I quite like
posted by mattoxic at 8:43 PM on February 18, 2006

Ok, somebody's gotta say it.

My favorite site for political satire is HERE
posted by newfers at 8:50 PM on February 18, 2006 [1 favorite]

Tim Krieder's The Pain-When Will it End? is biting.
posted by LarryC at 9:03 PM on February 18, 2006

My life would be a lot less fun without McSweeney's.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:05 PM on February 18, 2006

fark is always a good way to get current events with a bit of a twist. and cruel site of the day is just funny. Alot like mefi but racier at times.
posted by cdavidc at 9:13 PM on February 18, 2006

what mcd and newfers said
posted by keswick at 9:24 PM on February 18, 2006

You want funny? You want the Huffington Post. It is nearly impossible to read a word of it without collapsing in spasmodic laughter. And to think that some people actually take this crap seriously just adds to the humor!
posted by davidmsc at 9:30 PM on February 18, 2006

posted by amberglow at 9:34 PM on February 18, 2006

Harry Shearer,oblique satire,cuts deep
posted by hortense at 9:55 PM on February 18, 2006


"fark is always a good way to get current events with a bit of a twist"

Meh, I am of the opinion that Fark either edits a lot of their posts, or selectively accepts titles that will start flame wars such as this one.

"Bush still polling at 50% or better in 7 states. Take that, liberals"

Also they seem to throw the "Hero" tag on just about any Bush post. Which, given that there seems to be a lot of conservatives on fark, invariably starts up quite the toasty forum conversation.

Strange that you see so many conservatives on a site that is essentially a mass listing of man got kicked in the groin stories, and beer or random food item truck overturned stories
posted by sourbrew at 10:35 PM on February 18, 2006

You forgot to mention that Duke sucks.
posted by soyjoy at 10:53 PM on February 18, 2006

Really, though, what's the point of looking for "satire" when this is considered a serious news headline?
posted by soyjoy at 10:56 PM on February 18, 2006

Semi-self-link, but Dateline: Hollywood isn't a bad place to get your entertainment industry satire, if you're in the market for that sort of thing.
posted by the jam at 11:05 PM on February 18, 2006


I actually kind of like the "Duke Sucks" meme. Most Duke students/graduates I know are well pampered/whiny rich kids. There is clearly the odd man out example, however a lot seem to have coasted through with high GPA's courtesy of grade inflation.

If you are a top 10 school you can't graduate your class with low grades, would look bad, might imply your students couldn't hack it.

also their novel curriculum is pretty humorous, such as this example, from the FAQ:

"Will it be difficult for me to complete the General Education requirements and those for my major and still graduate in four years? (Back to Questions)

No, it will not be difficult... There is no need for you to be concerned that you cannot complete all graduation requirements in eight semesters."

This is a relevant question because you must graduate in 4 years from Duke. The funny part is that they don't offer course credits in the same way that 99% of other universities do. There are no credit hours persay, which means that a student at my lowly state school who must take 130+ hours for an engineering degree, would actually need far fewer classes for the same degree from duke.

130/8 = 16.25 hours a semester, while plenty of duke students can get by with taking only 4 - 5 classes a semester or the equivalent of 12 - 15 credit hours at most other universities... so if there is anything i like about fark its their "duke sucks" meme.
posted by sourbrew at 11:11 PM on February 18, 2006

btw, that's not to say that the Duke graduate program doesn't do a lot of fine research, it's mostly the undergraduate program that i have the hate for.
posted by sourbrew at 11:17 PM on February 18, 2006

Yeah, Fafblog has its ups and downs, but when its good, its positively breathtaking (my favorite line, from the beginning of an interview with James Dobson: "Hey, Dr. Dobson, how's the family?").
posted by gsteff at 11:22 PM on February 18, 2006

Pete Rose Haircut.
posted by hototogisu at 12:38 AM on February 19, 2006

Fark jumped the shark a long time's still a pretty good source for breaking news, but the paid link thing sucks.
posted by lobstah at 6:42 AM on February 19, 2006

Private Eye.
posted by Kiell at 8:33 AM on February 19, 2006

Jibjab sucks.

One half-amusing cartoon once, and then a shitload of tedious wank that everyone and his wife feels they really have to share.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:46 AM on February 19, 2006

Bring back Joe Cartoon.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:48 AM on February 19, 2006

The addictive Arcata Police Log.
posted by kozad at 9:31 AM on February 19, 2006

sourbrew: Also they seem to throw the "Hero" tag on just about any Bush post.

Yeah, its pretty pathetic. Not to mention, a lot of their political content links are supposedly paid links. The editorial bias has turned a silly cheap gag site into another PR arm for the Bush administration. It wasn't always this , and they seem to get more LGF-like every day.

I'm sure someone could say the same about metafilter's bias, but its not top down from nameless editors, usually scouting for paid links. And this site has always been about the web, social issues, politics, and general weirdness. Fark has always been Something Awful-lite. The handful of conservative links and general democrat bashing takes away from site and I and a few people I know have stopped visiting it as often. I'll scan for a good photoshop contest now and again. Silly headlines can be found via any odd news site.

All and all, this pro-Bush pro-conservative thing they have going puts them in a niche that no one else really does - safe harbors for conservatives to find humor. Places like the freerepublic are largely devoid of humor and when the "jokes" come out, they're usually hate-filled if not hate speech and racist.

I also block, which makes me feel less guilty about my occasional visits.
posted by skallas at 9:39 AM on February 19, 2006

Cornichon. Best if you recognize Canadian icons and speak a little French.
posted by Geo at 10:37 AM on February 19, 2006

The editorial bias has turned a silly cheap gag site into another PR arm for the Bush administration. It wasn't always this , and they seem to get more LGF-like every day.

Really? Weird... the last few times I've looked inside a Fark political thread I've been struck by how left-leaning it seemed. Not as much as here... but it was maybe 75-25 or 60-40 as opposed to 90-10/95-5 here. Of course it's such a big community you never know who'll show up where. I remember it being more conservative in the past, like three, four years ago. shrug.
posted by furiousthought at 11:17 AM on February 19, 2006

i hate to be the one to tell you this, but JibJab blows dog.
posted by Hat Maui at 12:54 PM on February 19, 2006

Conspiracy theory for the day: Fark's comment threads are turning more proportionally liberal than conservative, so most likely, Drew and the administrators are pushing more Pro-FascistPro-Bush front page headlines to keep the conservatives from running away, as they tend to do in any web forum where they can't bully everyone else.

I remember when Rush Limbaugh was occasionally funny. His parodies of prominant liberals were often on target, instead of the Rove-ordered talking points they are now. No wonder he got hooked on drugs.

Of course these are the kind of people who laughed at Ann Coulter's death threat at a sitting Superme Court justice.
posted by wendell at 1:52 PM on February 19, 2006

I enjoy the headlines at The Ironic Times.
posted by pmann at 4:23 PM on February 19, 2006

Satirewire was the absolute best- alas it is dead, but the archives live on.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 1:38 PM on February 20, 2006

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