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Links 1 through 10 of 38 by Shaun Green tagged satire

A satirical website has accidentally broken a real news story – by revealing that America offered Israel “a nice, big shipment” of weapons to try and salve its anger at the Iran nuclear deal.

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I’d be kind of remiss if I didn’t say that since my first viewing of Nathan Barley, I have both interviewed and worked for Charlie Brooker, the co-writer and inventor of this show. But I was pretty much already indoctrinated by the virtues of the show by the time those opportunities arose, because the first time I met Charlie Brooker I asked him about Nathan Barley. He told me that he thought that the show had predicted the rise of Youtube. No one back in 2005 was really using Youtube: it was too slow to load, and the video diary hadn’t really taken off in the way that Nathan Barley is portrayed as investing in. This is probably one of the reasons that the ratings for the show were low at the time (but sales of the DVDs would turn out good). It has become more relevant as time has gone on.

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You claim for yourself the tradition of anticlericalism, but pretend not to know the fundamental difference between this and Islamophobia. The first comes from a long, hard and fierce struggle against a Catholic priesthood which actually had formidable power, which had - and still has - its own newspapers, legislators, lobbies, literary salons and a huge property portfolio. The second attacks members of a minority faith deprived of any kind of influence in the corridors of power. It consists of distracting attention from the well-fed interests which rule this country, in favour of inciting the mob against citizens who haven’t been invited to the party, if you want to take the trouble to realise that - for most of them - colonisation, immigration and discrimination have not given them the most favourable place in French society. Is it too much to ask a team which, in your words “is divided between leftists, extreme leftists, anarchists and Greens”, to take a tiny bit of interest in the history of our country and its social reality?

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One way in which we’re ensuring we protect those values, is by demanding all Muslims denounce the gunmen. It’s true that every Muslim leader in Britain has denounced them several times, but that’s hardly sufficient. They might denounce them at five past three, and then again at twenty past three, but what are they doing in between? For all we know they’re blowing themselves up at bus garages.

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Satirical script for RDR. Overlong but makes a few salient points.

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Hatred is the most controversial game of the moment, following in the footsteps of games like Night Trap, Postal, Super Columbine Massacre, Hooligans: Storm Over Gift 3, and many other much decried titles that nobody gave two shits about after release because they turned out to be completely irrelevant. For now though, it’s achieved the media firestorm it wants, sucking everyone from Valve to people who should know better into asking what it says and means for the gaming industry… which is of course precisely nothing, except that publicly accessible tools and distribution methods mean that arseholes can make games too. So, y’know, shock revelation there.

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The thing with SR3 is that it’s about the unconditional power and impunity of celebrity. It’s a distillation of the fantasy, made ever more visible and possible by the substantial financial successes of YouTube posters and tweeters-turned-screenwriters, that one’s “personality” and “special uniqueness” alone can build six figure incomes (never mind the diligence that went into those successes). It’s our generation’s American dream, the logical conclusion to the morphing of that dream from “the pursuit of financial security through diligence” to “the pursuit of instant and massive wealth”. Celebrity has become the most readily monetizable product of the day.

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(January 16, 2033. A fire-lit cabin in the hills of Brezhnev City, Stalinton – formerly Boise, Idaho. A man sitting on a shattered milk crate looks older than his 53 years. His rumpled, malnourished grandson sits at his feet.)

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George is a striver, and so is Dave. George, for example, strove so hard that before he was even born he’d managed to move into the womb of a woman who was married to a multi-millionaire aristocrat.

And Dave had, by the sweat of his brow, managed to issue from the loins of a multi-millionaire tax-avoiding stockbroker.

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