"The the impotence of proofreading" by Taylor Mali is funny because Mali isn't a good speller and since he has spell check he figures the spell checker would correct the misspelled words right away. The problem is he doesn't know how to spell. The spell checker is giving him the word it thinks he's trying to spell. He is thinking that the spell checker would give him the correct word, but either way he wouldn't know the difference. "Has this ever happened to you?You work very horde on a paper for English clash And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=) and all because you are the word¹s liverwurst spoiler. Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence." What he is trying to write is "Has this ever happened to you? You work very hard on a paper for English class and then you get a very low grade (like a D or even a D-) and all because you are the world's worst speller. Proofreading your paper is a matter of the utmost importance."
In The Onion article, the "6-Year-Old Boy Thinks He Might Be Too Old To Be In Women's Locker Room" story shows a different type of satire. The satire that's being shown isProxy-Connection: keep-alive
ing sarcastic with ourselves. Like when we say something as if we were to feel really strong about and then at the end we do or say the opposite of it as if to know what we're doing wrong but we still don't plan on changing our ways. In the article the 6 year old talks about feeling uncomfortable in the women's locker room because he is being surrounded by numerous ladies changing. He feels really strong about being too old to be there in an awkward situation so he think its best he's not there. Yet at the end he states that instead "he could probably endure another visit if it meant catching one last glimpse of that yoga instructor's fantastic tits."
Another way of viewing satire as sarcasm to ourselves and others is in "Advice to Youth". In the Advice to Youth is a speech by Mark Twain is making fun of the advice adults give to children. In his speech Twain is giving advice to young adults on how their life guide line should be like. Twain gives good ideas on how to be respectful to people and how to be a better person. But at the end of everything he says he gives the worst reason why it should be done and why good thing will come out of it. For example in the third paragraph "Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any, also to strangers, and sometimes to others. If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. That will be sufficient. If you shall find that he had not intended any offense, come out frankly and confess yourself in the wrong when you struck him; acknowledge it like a man and say you didn’t mean to. Yes, always avoid violence; in this age of charity and kindliness, the time has gone by for such things. Leave dynamite to the low and unrefined". Twain Tells these kids they need to be respectful to others but in a funny way he feels why and how it should be done.
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a story about how everyone in the year 2081 finally being equal, equal in every way. But the reason why everyone was considered equal was because of the fact that they all had to have some type of handicap object to equalize each other. No one could be smarter, stronger, prettier than anyone else so there would be no competition. This is a form of viewing satire because there is no such thing as being equal and the only way these people became "equal" was by making everyone less than themselves to level up with the people with disabilities, those who were ugly, dumb. Basically people that once had a good life before had to let everything go because other people didn't have it the way they did. There's no such thing as everyone being equal and in this story satire is a perfect subject to use to understand the meaning of the story.
In the article "Reading Satirical Articles Can Get You Tortured, Sent To Gitmo" what was being satired was the fact that the CIA took a regular person serious and thought he was a terrorist just because he read a silly article and other people who the CIA should be concerned about they don't really worry. Binyam Mohamed had read a article called "How To Build An H-Bomb" after he had gotten beaten. 30 year old Mohamed was imprisoned for 8 years with no contact with anyone because the CIA was afraid of Mohamed would terrorise the state. Turns out after they weasted their time with Mohamed they found out he was just a janitor. The satire of this article is the CIA freaks out for the littliest thing and not for the important things.
Over all people all over the world use satire whether they realize it or not. Some for example its use it to teach a lesson, get to the point, or to make fun of others. Satire helps us realize we aren't as smart as we think and makes us open our eyes. Shown in all the articles, you would think they where being serious if you didn't understand the meaning of satire and its purpose.