Art Imitates Life Imitates Art Imitates SITD

The world has become too absurd to be satirized
– G.K. Chesterton

When live imitates satire – why write satire?

Pinky swear – when I started writing the various “Berg’s Laws“, something like 17 years ago, they started out as wry quips. Sarcastic bits of bemused satire.

I didn’t expect every last one of them to turn out to be iron-clad descriptions of modern political and human behavior.

It’s made things a little…difficult? It’s no doubt thrown a monkey wrench at satirists like the Babylon Bee, who no doubt didn’t set out on their mission intended to become America’s best actual news source.

The Bee’s edtior, Seth Dillon, comments on not only how often, but how quickly, the arc of the news turned toward exactly what the Bee started by mocking:

As to “Berg’s Law” – the more I think about it, the more I think I’m onto something.

2 thoughts on “Art Imitates Life Imitates Art Imitates SITD

  1. Pingback: When The World Is Insane, Satire Is Pointless: Part CXXXIV | Shot in the Dark

  2. I remember Tom Wolfe saying about the same thing about 1990, when he came to talk at Michigan State, my alma mater. He’d ripped up any number of manuscripts because the real world got weirder.

    And in a just world, Snopes and the TImes would pay for their silliness with their reputation. Well, I guess among a strong minority of conservative Americans, they have, haven’t they?

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