Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sept. 11 Jokes

The Onion's recently launched video series has been very good so far. I really think what they're doing signals the end of Youtube. What I mean is, Youtube's main quality is technology, not content. Technology can be copied, but good content can't. Anyway, take a look at this fake news clip, Al Qaeda Also Fed Up With Ground Zero Construction Delays.

What is really interesting about the humor here is how it is simultaneously rude and careful. There is one joke here--the joke of double meanings about terrorists.

This is the Onion, after all, a satirical weekly, who suspended publication for a week on September 11, 2001, out of sensitivity--and started up again with a surprisingly tender series of humorous articles related to the tragedy ("God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule"; "Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake").

Five years later, the Onion is a little bolder about terror humor, but is still cautious.

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