All posts by Deidre Pike

Author, amateur ceramicist, chicken keeper, and assistant professor of journalism at Humboldt State University.

Chris Christie disappears!

This is Deidre posting on behalf of a student host scheduling fail (mine).
The New Yorker magazine frequently features a short parody news piece. It’s often brainiac comedy but you might catch something by, say, Steve Martin that’s insightful and hilarious. This recent piece by Andy Borowitz begins with the lead:

“No one in the United States has taken note of the total disappearance of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who vanished from view several weeks ago.”

What parts are funny? What isn’t? What do you need to know about Christie for this to work?

If the above link doesn’t work, here’s the URL.

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/no-one-in-nation-notices-total-disappearance-of-chris-christie

 

Make Donald Drumpf again

(This is Deidre posting because the student assigned this week has dropped the class.)
When John Oliver did his Trump piece on HBO Sunday night, the nickname “Drumpf” — the family name before a name change — was trending on social media. You can even install a Chrome browser add-on that changes Trump’s name to Drumpf in all instances. But a Washington Post writer suggests that Oliver’s humor employs the same kind of xenophobia that we detest when we spot it in Trump.

What do you think?