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- Truthiness - does the page have balls? Emotion?
- It-Getting - is the page satirical enough? Too much?
The Stephen Colbert Experience FundamentalsEdit
In theory, most (not all) featured articles contain a few components
basic fundamental to the CPOV:
- Status - Stephen is better than everyone. And he knows it. Everyone else should know it too. Yet, there are still folks out there who are not familiar with what makes Stephen so awesome. For those who do not know, what makes Stephen so awesome are called "status symbols". Things that show his awesome status. Like his balls.
- Conflict - Stephen works very hard to make the world a better place. Liberals, on the other hand, are always doing everything in their power to make the world a gayer place. This pisses Stephen off. This is one of the great conflicts in literature: man against man, man against nature, man against himself and Stephen against liberals.
- Comic foil ("Straight Man") - Stephen is straight, but he is not the comic foil. The comic foil is usually someone whose ignorance about America and The Baby Jesus is laughable. When Stephen educates the comic foil, everyone learns something new.
Variations On It-GettingEdit
Caricature: A representation of a subject's distinctive features/characteristics.
Example: Dennis Kucinich is an elf who lives in a tree.
Lampoon: A crude, coarse, often bitter satire ridiculing the personal appearance or character of a person.
Example: Dennis Kucinich is a hippie elf who lives in a tree.
Invective: Abusive or venomous language used to express blame, censure or hate.
Example: The very type of language liberals hate because they are so stupid.
Reductio ad absurdum: Oversimplifying an argument to the most absurd, yet seemingly "logical" position
Example: Intelligent Design is the acceptable secular version of Creationism because God made it so
Parody: A humorous imitation of another, usually serious, work.
Example: The Bill of Rights is a parody of The 10 Commandments
Burlesque: A work that ridicules a topic by treating something exalted as if it were trivial or vice-versa. This does not necessarily involve tassels.
Example: Magical Mormon underwear does include tassles
Mock Heroic: To mock stereotypes of heroes.
Irony: A meaning (often contradictory) concealed behind the apparent meaning of a word, phrase or statement.
Example: the opposite of anything Alannis Morrissett says (seriously)