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Reader’s letter: Emergence of satire site reveals stunning inability to recognise satire

Reader’s letter: Emergence of satire site reveals stunning inability to recognise satire

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Some commenters make me want to cry. This is my response.

*This piece is a reader submission.

By E. L. Fong

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“This article is ridiculous!” “Yes, but so are you.”

Despite the pointed, self-effacing tagline proclaiming the falsity of news on its site on the banner that heads its every page, online satirical news portal New Nation has been struck by a barrage of enraged netizens denouncing the veracity of its articles.

Although New Nation administrators patiently pore through pages of comments, pointing out that the site is not actually intended to report real news, some readers just don’t seem to understand that if it’s too unbelievable to be true, it probably isn’t.

It has been argued that if one has to explain satire, it isn’t good satire, and does not deserve publication because no one understands the joke.

However, a line must be drawn between obscure rambling masquerading as satire and obvious, pointed satire that people are just too oblivious to get. There isn’t any shame in belonging to the latter category — we’ve all been there once or twice in our lives. The important thing is to realise when one is overreacting to something that wasn’t meant to be taken seriously in the first place. This self-realisation, unfortunately, seems to be a long time coming for a number of irate commenters.

Reactions to the revelation that New Nation is actually 50% fake news have, predictably, not been very varied.

When asked about his feelings upon being told the punchline to an article after repeatedly and passionately calling it #&*% in several different languages, netizen Bo Chap replied that he felt betrayed.

“It’s the government’s fault,” he fumed. “If only the Ministry of Education taught me how to recognise a joke in Secondary School, I wouldn’t sound like an idiot over the Internet today.”

EPIC FAIL moment: Some Singaporeans suck at using Facebook

EPIC FAIL moment: Some Singaporeans suck at using Facebook

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They really can’t tell the difference and go to the wrong Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page to say “hello”?

The real Lee Hsien Loong Facebook profile. For goodness' sake...

Honestly folks, just how difficult is it to search and find Lee Hsien Loong’s real and recently-launched Facebook profile?

Seriously? Just how difficult can it get?

Is it rocket science? No.

Do you need a degree to do it? Do you even need an education?

Check out the old Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page that was created by his supporters during the Dark Ages before our prime minister decided to go online and end his Ludditism (from here on referred to as “fake LHL Facebook page”):

The old and very fake Lee Hsien Loong Facebook page started by his supporters during the Dark Ages when our PM was still a Luddite.

Can you actually believe it? People don’t even know this is not the recently-launched Facebook page by our prime minister and are still going onto it now to say hello!

Too daft to know this Facebook page is not the real deal.

Then you have a self-appointed moderator politely telling everyone to eff off to go look for the real deal elsewhere.

Tell me you’re not worried?

Tell me this doesn’t bother you at all?

The fact is that these are the people who will be going to the polls in the next General Election to vote for the next government and yet they cannot even tell which is the real Facebook profile of their Prime Minister!

If people cannot even tell which is the real McCoy, how do we expect them to understand how and why policies are implemented?

How do we even explain to them what “a scalable economy” means?

How?

If Singaporeans cannot even tell which is the real Facebook profile, we expect them to vote in a government during elections?

Can we have some Face Palms around here?

Thanks.

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