Re:[rumori] Cheatahs? (Oh! This was a forward from Steev!)

suzi (
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 15:05:07 -0400

On Sat, 10 Jul 1999 06:45:30 PDT Andrew Lander
The only changes
>I made to the article were replacing the name Harris and Klebold with
>Clinton and Milosevic, and Columbine with Kosovo. (It was inspired by
>seeing CNN switch directly from questions as to why children would do such
>violent things to coverage of the Kosovo bombing, and also Clinton's
>hypocritical lecturing students on nonviolence.)

Sounds like a fabulous piece. I'd like to see it. I bet the changes make for a scathing critique of American foreign policy. Heh heh heh.

 The fact is, I'm not sure exactly what category it
>falls into.
>Anyone have any thoughts as to the nature of a piece like that?

Satire? Parody? I'm not sure. It did remind me of something though. A few years back, a Hemingway inspired Bar and Grill in Key West ran a contest for parodies of Hemingway's work. The results were put together into a collection of shorts entitled The Best of Bad Hemingway. Some of the entrants bordered on brilliance in their imitation of his style, and even in their titles... "Hills like Green Grasshoppers" (where they drink Grasshoppers instead of absinthe, and they discuss his back surgery as opposed to her abortion) and "Al's Welfare to Farms" are the only two titles I can remember, but the collection was hysterical. It makes me think that sometimes it just comes down to who you are parodying, how and when you are doing it that defines the criteria for not being sued. Its a very limiting way to work, IMHO.


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