Tuesday, August 24, 2004

American satire

Shock, horror. Might the Americans now be better at satire than the Brits?

Bryan Appleyard in The Times is particularly impressed with US website, The Onion.

Started as a student paper at the University of Wisconsin in the 1980s, it is modelled on USA Today, America’s abysmally lowbrow “national” newspaper. Its writers have developed an eerily perfect ear for the mindless chatter that masquerades as news, not just in the United States, but around the world.

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