Monday, February 13, 2012

Mapping Satire

The risk of satire -- especially good satire -- is that people will take it seriously. I consider myself an avid and somewhat sophisticated fan of satire, but I have to admit I was taken in by the news that a Mississippi state legislator had introduced a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico the Gulf of America.

"A perfect example of xenophobia," I thought. But I was wrong; Rep. Stephen Holland -- with a name like that, he should be a geographer -- had created the perfect parody of xenophobia.

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