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September 19, 2006

Satire Served Right

As I mentioned earlier, there's nothing quite as delicious to me as satire served up right. That kind of satire leaves you satisfied, like a good meal. Joel Achenbach's recent riff on SkyMall Magazine in the Washington Post Magazine is a great example of satire gone right. He holds the mirror up for us to see the affluenza of our age.

Here's an appetizer:

"There is no more purely American publication than SkyMall, the catalogue that lets people do what God intended them to do when flying 35,000 feet above the Earth---shop. The summer 2006 issue runs 196 ultra-thin pages, with tiny type, the better to cram in thousands of affluent-lifestyle objects that every sensible person should own, like a remote controlled shark ($99.95) perfect for anyone hoping to scare the bejabbers out of a rubber duck....SkyMall understands that its readers are psychologically vulnerable. They're wedged into tiny seats and given nothing but a little bag of micro-pretzels, enough food to sustain a gerbil...."

If this whets your appetite, check out the full article. Then come on back over to the Point. I'd love to hear your thoughts on how Christians can be countercultural when it comes living in this materially saturated culture, nowhere better exemplified than in the SkyMall.

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If you are interested in a biblical approach to satire read Doug Wilson's book "A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking" or subscribe to his magazine, "Credenda/Agenda" at http://www.credenda.org/

Enjoy! Full disclosure: I have no connection to Doug Wilson or his publishing group. Merely an interested reader.

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