Satire In My American Satire

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“I don’t like books, they’re all fact, no heart” -Stephen Colbert. As ironic as this quote may seem it is another example of Stephen Colbert’s comedic style, thick satire. “I Am America (And So Can You!)” is another fantastic presentation of Colbert’s conservative capitalist character already shown on the Colbert Report. The book addresses issues that Americans face as adults and current issues facing the nation, plus a note to the future. All these issues are taken on with humor and satire so as to make big issues less intimidating and almost menial. I have to say I struggle to find something that I don’t like in this hilarious book. Which is why I am excited to now present a synopsis of the book.
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The ‘Sports’ chapter goes through what sports to watch and which to avoid all while making fun of professional athletics’ sponsorships. ‘Sex and Dating’ was one of my favorite chapters because Colbert is not one I’d presume to be a ladies’ man and in this chapter he offers advice on how to act on a first date, tie a bow tie, and most importantly “The Colbert Shuffle” every grooveless man’s go to dance move. ‘Homosexuals’ would be an offensive chapter about determining if someone you know is gay and the church’s views of homosexuals, it would be offensive if you didn’t realize that the chapter, like the rest of the book, is satire and makes homophobic people seem foolish and idiotic. ‘Higher Education’ warns that college is evil and perusing self-awareness and improvement from education is a dangerous action, while college partying and fraternities are the important thing. Finally the Section of adolescence ends with ‘Hollywood’ and, to put it simply, the chapter consists of the revival of the 1950s McCarthy Communist witch trials and Man hunts. (Colbert, 2007, ch5-9) While the items covered in this section aren’t easy to address Colbert left the really hard hitting topics for “My American

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