Satirized for Your Consumption

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Hi friends,
 
Satire, satire everywhere, but not a drop that piques.
 
Something's gone haywire in our age of satirical excess. You've probably noticed: The CIA is cracking jokes on Twitter. Our commander in chief is pushing health care via Funny or Die. And in the meantime, our sharpest political satire—think Colbert at the White House Correspondents' Dinner—turns out to be just shtick wrapped inside more shtick.
 
We're used to comedians speaking truth to power, says Ben Schwartz in his new Baffler essay, but now the powerful are striking back. Since when did satire become the language of power, policy, and politics? Read on here, and weep.
 
Also new this week: What puts the "Forever" in Forever 21? Not the clothing, that much we know. Christina Moon visits LA's Jobber Market, America's fast-fashion capital. Read it here.
 
Until next time,

The Baffler

"Satirized for Your Consumption" by Ben Schwartz (Issue 27)
Niela Orr on Bud Light's pop-up party towns (Baffler blog)
Scott Beauchamp on Clinton's new Brooklyn HQ (Baffler blog)
Helaine Olaine on California's nut problem (Baffler blog)
Sady Doyle on the excesses of ecotourism (Baffler blog)
"Splurge and Purge" by Christina Moon (Issue 27)
Jacob Silverman on Turkey's censors and Twitter's brand image (Baffler blog)
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