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2014-08-16 12:42:02 AM  
They should test it out on their privacy policy.
 
2014-08-16 07:58:06 AM  
 
2014-08-16 08:47:04 AM  
My dad fell for the article about the hundreds of dead college kids the week after Colorado started selling legal weed. He showed it to me as proof weed was dangerous and shouldn't be legalized.

Obvious satire was obvious. But I guess it's easier to fall for if you really want to believe it.
 
2014-08-16 08:48:10 AM  
Did Drew take out a patent on the satire tag so he can sue FB?
 
2014-08-16 09:06:30 AM  
;)
 
2014-08-16 09:15:57 AM  
 
2014-08-16 09:58:11 AM  
I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued
 
2014-08-16 10:32:48 AM  
Why bother?  These people won't know what satire means either.
 
2014-08-16 11:01:07 AM  

stuartp9: The problem is, some stories are very close to the truth.

Onion story:
http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-law-requires-welfare-recipients -t o-submit-swea,36626/

Actual story:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707878/Revealed-Australian- jo b-seekers-search-40-jobs-month-25-hours-community-work-dole.html

(ok, so the Daily Mail is only a step up down from satire..)


FTFY
 
2014-08-16 11:15:54 AM  

stuartp9: The problem is, some stories are very close to the truth.


Razor blades

Radio Shack

George W. Bush

Joe the Plumber

Miley Cyrus

(some NSFW language)
 
2014-08-16 12:02:22 PM  
I can't count the times I've seen this progression [if you can call it that] in comments on an Onion link, say one about the President:

Commenter 1: OMG, Obama the traitor strikes again. [12:01 p.m.]

Commenter 2: Idiot Commenter 1, it's the Onion! [12:02 p.m.]

Commenter 3: In before stupid people who don't get satire. [12:02 p.m.]

Of course, the assumption that people who don't get the concept of satire will actually recognize the word "satire" may turn out to be a bad one...

Commenter 1: Why dis link say SATIRE? It's not abut carz, lol.
 
2014-08-16 12:50:28 PM  
This will not end well.

People will start labeling things they don't like or agree with as satire.

DailyKos?  WND?  Both satire.

The Bill of Rights?  Obvious satire.
 
2014-08-16 12:50:29 PM  
The real problem isn't the Onion (even though people still fall for their stories).

It's all of the other "funny" sites that aren't that funny in the first place, that try for "satire" but fail miserably.
 
2014-08-16 01:58:55 PM  
Please don't take this from me, Facebook. Making fun of dumb people who fall for Onion articles is one of the few joys I have left in this world.
 
2014-08-16 02:19:05 PM  
We already have it, it's called Snopes.
 
2014-08-16 03:19:24 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: We already have it, it's called Snopes.


I thought the whole concept of Facebook was satire. Give ALL your personal details to a megacorp for their benefit and make yourself miserable as a result  through reduced human contact?

Next you'll tell me people pay $5 a month to write drivel about non news stories on a website.
 
2014-08-16 04:09:09 PM  
SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE
ad009cdnb.archdaily.net


Imagine my surprise when I found out it was referencing an actual event, the Ronan Point disaster.
 
2014-08-16 04:53:52 PM  

gfid: The Bill of Rights? Obvious satire.


NSA/CIA/FBI certainly thinks so.
 
2014-08-16 05:09:45 PM  

BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued


You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?
 
2014-08-16 05:18:31 PM  

RI_Red: I can't count the times I've seen this progression [if you can call it that] in comments on an Onion link, say one about the President:

Commenter 1: OMG, Obama the traitor strikes again. [12:01 p.m.]

Commenter 2: Idiot Commenter 1, it's the Onion! [12:02 p.m.]

Commenter 3: In before stupid people who don't get satire. [12:02 p.m.]

Of course, the assumption that people who don't get the concept of satire will actually recognize the word "satire" may turn out to be a bad one...

Commenter 1: Why dis link say SATIRE? It's not abut carz, lol.


The worst is how people react when someone says it's satire.  "It doesn't matter if its true or not its still bad"
 
2014-08-16 06:30:27 PM  

chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?


There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?
 
2014-08-16 06:41:07 PM  

BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?


Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.
 
2014-08-16 06:59:31 PM  

gfid: This will not end well.

People will start labeling things they don't like or agree with as satire.

DailyKos?  WND?  Both satire.

The Bill of Rights?  Obvious satire.


Huffington Post .
 
2014-08-16 07:05:33 PM  

chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?

Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.


Since you made the exact same wrong headed comment in that thread and I did give the context of the thread I was talking about in my initial comment, I'm just going to have to point at you and laugh now.

img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-08-16 07:12:45 PM  

BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?

Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.

Since you made the exact same wrong headed comment in that thread and I did give the context of the thread I was talking about in my initial comment, I'm just going to have to point at you and laugh now.

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 672x480]


Do you really expect me to read tfa? Because if that's the case I am out
 
2014-08-16 07:18:08 PM  

chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?

Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.

Since you made the exact same wrong headed comment in that thread and I did give the context of the thread I was talking about in my initial comment, I'm just going to have to point at you and laugh now.

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 672x480]

Do you really expect me to read tfa? Because if that's the case I am out


Well, sure. You wouldn't want to admit you were wrong about the same thing twice.

You're hardly the first person to fall into the trap of thinking satire from the Onion was real. I'm sure you'll get over it.
 
2014-08-16 07:29:41 PM  

BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?

Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.

Since you made the exact same wrong headed comment in that thread and I did give the context of the thread I was talking about in my initial comment, I'm just going to have to point at you and laugh now.

[img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 672x480]

Do you really expect me to read tfa? Because if that's the case I am out

Well, sure. You wouldn't want to admit you were wrong about the same thing twice.

You're hardly the first person to fall into the trap of thinking satire from the Onion was real. I'm sure you'll get over it.


I don't think I ever thought anything was real, given the fact that I never read it
 
2014-08-16 08:16:29 PM  

chitownmike: I don't think I ever thought anything was real, given the fact that I never read it


You know, just going ahead and admitting you were wrong makes you look much less retarded than you do now.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com

It was pointed out to you that you were mistaking satire from the Onion for something real in the Onion Planet of the Apes faux review thread I was discussing.

So... you were wrong then and it was pointed out to you, then you manage to be wrong about the same thing again in this thread, then you triple down and pretend you don't know what you were even commenting about either time?

i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-08-16 08:19:31 PM  
It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.
 
2014-08-16 08:35:02 PM  
What they REALLY need is a "Gee, that sucks" button. When your friend tells you that her mother died, that their kid has some rare disease that she will never recover from, or that they just got diagnosed with cancer, "Like" seems a little inappropriate.
 
2014-08-16 08:47:56 PM  

paulleah: It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.


Yeah, satire has to be done right to work. You have to present it as real, and slowly(and subtly) drop in things that give the satire away. You should read satire, and by the end start realizing that it isn't real, but it shouldn't be totally obvious.

And just making everything file isn't the same as satire, I wish these people would learn that. The Onion is pretty much the king of satire, but even the are starting to show their stretch marks. It was better back around 2000 or so, when they didn't have the constant pressure to have a full site of new stories every day.
 
2014-08-16 08:51:59 PM  

chitownmike: BullBearMS: chitownmike: BullBearMS: I didn't think anyone was still stupid enough to think something from the Onion was serious, until a couple of weeks ago when their Planet of the Apes review landed on the Entertainment tab.

/Butthurt wharrgarbl ensued

You do know that the AV Club section of the onion is not satirical, right?

There's one of the butthurt stupid ones now. :oP

You know how you know something is on the Onion's avclub site? The url starts with avclub.com.

You know how you know something is one of the Onion's humor videos? The url starts with theonion.com.

http://www.theonion.com/shows/onion-film-standard/

Now what do you notice about that url?

Butthurt and stupid because you failed to provide the link or any specific context as to what you were talking about, ok.


Oh, THIS is gonna be fun...
 
2014-08-16 09:01:07 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE
[ad009cdnb.archdaily.net image 528x383]

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was referencing an actual event, the Ronan Point disaster.


Wow....

Although I had to laugh when I read that the woman whose stove blew up decided to take it with her when she moved to a non-blown up apartment.
 
2014-08-16 10:35:17 PM  
I can imagine politicians using it, in conjunction with other BS statements, when they say something pants-on-head stupid.  "Oh, when I posted that sixty percent of the time blah people are on welfare all the time, it was not meant to be a factual statement and was actually supposed to be marked as satire.  I apologize that my statement was misinterpreted by zealots who have nothing better but to attack me for exercising my 1st amendment rights"
 
2014-08-16 10:45:35 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE
[ad009cdnb.archdaily.net image 528x383]

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was referencing an actual event, the Ronan Point disaster.


Wow. I didn't know that. It turns the sketch from slightly dark to pitch black humor.
 
2014-08-16 11:10:12 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE  SATIRE
[ad009cdnb.archdaily.net image 528x383]

Imagine my surprise when I found out it was referencing an actual event, the Ronan Point disaster.


I do sometimes need to check to see if an Onion article is referencing a specific news story or was just written as general satire. I last did this when they used my hometown as the location, and I hadn't heard about anything similar for real. It turned out to be a random choice for general satire.
 
2014-08-17 02:07:53 AM  

Mikey1969: What they REALLY need is a "Gee, that sucks" button. When your friend tells you that her mother died, that their kid has some rare disease that she will never recover from, or that they just got diagnosed with cancer, "Like" seems a little inappropriate.


No it doesn't.
 
2014-08-17 06:22:42 AM  

Mikey1969: paulleah: It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.

Yeah, satire has to be done right to work. You have to present it as real, and slowly(and subtly) drop in things that give the satire away. You should read satire, and by the end start realizing that it isn't real, but it shouldn't be totally obvious.


I saw more than a bit of wharrgarbl on Facebook in the last couple days over ChristWire's latest:
Obama is Infecting Christians with Ebola To Destroy Jesus and Start A New Age of Liberal Darkness


One commenter noted that the sheer nuttiness of things said by Bachmann, Perry and Santorum tends to make satire sound less far-fetched.  My wife asked why Palin wasn't on the list, too.  And I guess someone fed a steady diet of the ravings of those folks, Limbaugh and Fox probably  would end up with their reality-meter seriously miscalibrated... making them ripe for trolling.

/I'm okay with this.
 
2014-08-17 11:08:41 AM  

dbirchall: Mikey1969: paulleah: It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.

Yeah, satire has to be done right to work. You have to present it as real, and slowly(and subtly) drop in things that give the satire away. You should read satire, and by the end start realizing that it isn't real, but it shouldn't be totally obvious.

I saw more than a bit of wharrgarbl on Facebook in the last couple days over ChristWire's latest:
Obama is Infecting Christians with Ebola To Destroy Jesus and Start A New Age of Liberal Darkness


One commenter noted that the sheer nuttiness of things said by Bachmann, Perry and Santorum tends to make satire sound less far-fetched.  My wife asked why Palin wasn't on the list, too.  And I guess someone fed a steady diet of the ravings of those folks, Limbaugh and Fox probably  would end up with their reality-meter seriously miscalibrated... making them ripe for trolling.

/I'm okay with this.


Yeah, I pointed out that this was a wonderful example of Pope's Law. Without the giveaway, you just can't tell for certain.
 
2014-08-17 11:43:09 AM  

dbirchall: Mikey1969: paulleah: It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.

Yeah, satire has to be done right to work. You have to present it as real, and slowly(and subtly) drop in things that give the satire away. You should read satire, and by the end start realizing that it isn't real, but it shouldn't be totally obvious.

I saw more than a bit of wharrgarbl on Facebook in the last couple days over ChristWire's latest:
Obama is Infecting Christians with Ebola To Destroy Jesus and Start A New Age of Liberal Darkness


One commenter noted that the sheer nuttiness of things said by Bachmann, Perry and Santorum tends to make satire sound less far-fetched.  My wife asked why Palin wasn't on the list, too.  And I guess someone fed a steady diet of the ravings of those folks, Limbaugh and Fox probably  would end up with their reality-meter seriously miscalibrated... making them ripe for trolling.

/I'm okay with this.


Well Obama did visit the Ebola river when he was 15 years old.

Photographic Evidense:
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-17 01:13:30 PM  
I heard they are going to have a Walken tag soon.
 
2014-08-17 01:52:20 PM  

Mikey1969: dbirchall: Mikey1969: paulleah: It's not the Onion that is the issue. It's other websites that have no idea how to be funny, just making up crap that sounds real. This week, one site was saying that Tony Stewart was quitting racing. It had a bunch of phony quotes from his team and real people at NASCAR.

It wasn't satire, wasn't funny and in unbelievably bad taste.

Yeah, satire has to be done right to work. You have to present it as real, and slowly(and subtly) drop in things that give the satire away. You should read satire, and by the end start realizing that it isn't real, but it shouldn't be totally obvious.

I saw more than a bit of wharrgarbl on Facebook in the last couple days over ChristWire's latest:
Obama is Infecting Christians with Ebola To Destroy Jesus and Start A New Age of Liberal Darkness


One commenter noted that the sheer nuttiness of things said by Bachmann, Perry and Santorum tends to make satire sound less far-fetched.  My wife asked why Palin wasn't on the list, too.  And I guess someone fed a steady diet of the ravings of those folks, Limbaugh and Fox probably  would end up with their reality-meter seriously miscalibrated... making them ripe for trolling.

/I'm okay with this.

Yeah, I pointed out that this was a wonderful example of Pope's Law. Without the giveaway, you just can't tell for certain.


Dammit, POE'S law. Farking autocorrect.
 
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