Real? Or Another Onion Article... -How satire can promote skepticism.

Holy Smokes! I almost missed my own event! /facepalm. Good thing I got an e-mail reminder, I apologize for not giving a better heads up, this month's SiTP falls a little bit early, I'm hoping to sound the horn before tomorrow!

Recently, a representative from Louisiana gained notoriety for failing to recognize the satire in an onion.com article about abortion. His facebook post trumpeting the linked article was soon removed, but not before gathering comments and being documented by a keen-eyed observer. We would like to think that our elected leaders as well as the leaders of our workplaces and institutions would be able to parse fact from (hilarious) fiction, but unfortunately this is not an uncommon event.

Is satire mean-spirited? Is it only funny at the expense of others? Is satire merely a humorous literary device, or does it actually serve an important function?

The best way to find out? -Have an official, Skeptics in the Pub Fake News Quiz™ =)

Join us for some pratter about satire, the onion, internet trolling, and a fun quiz on news items that were either Onion articles, or -hilariously or horribly- real news items.

Cheers- Eric

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  • Eric

    Looking forward to tomorrow, might have a guest to add to the conversations

    February 23, 2013

  • Colleen H.

    Sounds like fun!

    December 18, 2012

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