May 26, 2015

BECAUSE HE'S TRYING TO BE FUNNY:

Does satire always need to be progressive? : 'Silicon Valley' is being slammed for not tackling the tech industry's real-world problems. But must it? (Jaime Weinman, May 24, 2015, Macleans)

Is Mike Judge picking the wrong targets again? The creator of Office Space returned to the white-collar world last year with an HBO comedy about socially awkward men running a software start-up. Silicon Valley's satirical story, about the adventures of a nerd who creates the world's greatest computer algorithm by accident, has done well enough to get picked up for a third season. But while Judge used to be a critics' darling, some writers have taken the show to task for not being hard enough on the real-world Silicon Valley's sexism and gold rush capitalism. Eliana Dockterman of Time magazine declared the show is failing in its satirical duty of "effecting real-world change through its representations of women," and the New Republic's Esther Breger wondered why Judge can't "add a little progressivism."

To add progressivism to humor is to cancel out the humor.



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