Tag Archives: subtle satire

I think it’s time for you,

Imageto get off the computer for a little bit!  Go for a walk, go do a load of laundry, go volunteer at a nursing home, go call your sister, go read your scriptures, go plan your week.  And the list goes on, and on.

Seriously folks, we are TOO ONLINE these days!  I very much appreciate that you read my blog, but the OUTERnet can be even better than the INTERnet.

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I love this song of Mr. Paisley‘s.

It is a PERFECT satire of this social problem

(although there is the teensiest bit of mild lyrical innuendo)

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And Elder David A Bednar of the LDS Church warns of this ubiquitous problem

of assuming fake identities on the internet.

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CLICK HERE for that talk (and my sweet thoughts on it) that is insanely awesome

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But back to Ms. Wilkinson’s main point (bookending!)

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I love you all (platonically and literally),

but right now I think it would be oh! so wise

to go attend to the matters of real life, know what I mean?

So now skedaddle!  GO DO SOMETHING!

But I’ll see ya back here eventually, right?

🙂

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Zac Brown Band fills the void of what has been missing in country music!

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Yes they do!  These boys are the REAL DEAL.  Ain’t no sell-outs wearing cowboy hats singing with some ugly fake twang (I ain’t naming names, but ya’ll know who I’m talkin’ ’bout) .  Expect to hear more about ZBB on this blog.  The night I saw them in concert with Renae was one that has influenced me to this day.  Don’t know where to start musically because it’s ALL amazing, but here’s an all-time favorite:

(best part is 3:00-3:30)

Seriously, that voice gives me chills, and it’s even BETTER in person.

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Great memories 🙂  Of the concert, and also of my hair looking that beautiful.

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I was a satirist…

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before I even fully knew what that meant!

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Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift would be so proud!

Check out my approach to satire here. 

For those who may not quite understand, I was exploiting the stereotype that Mormon girls often get married and pregnant very young.  Here is another self-satire.

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It’s not about the nail….or about this video:

I am not livid at this video.  I do think it’s clever, well-made, and also like that it illustrates that men and women often speak different languages.  It tactfully delves into the realm of female/male relationships without desperately resorting to sexuality for cheap attention.   Oh, and I love Stevie Wonder, and also wouldn’t mind asking that woman how she styles her bangs…

However, it is problematic as well: The man in the video is reasonable, and the woman, though not completely crazy, is stereotyped as a little annoying and of course very silly and ignorant.  Again, there have been way more offensive portrayals of this stereotype, but may I just add that as you enjoy this video, don’t forget about some of the subtle, deeper messages portrayed in it as well.

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Sometimes you don’t understand the first thing about Rugby…

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but you take a picture with a guy you find in Fiji because he’s wearing a BYU Rugby shirt.

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🙂

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Doctrine & Covenants is NOT the same thing as D&C

DOCTors will understand why DOCTrine & Covenants is different.

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Sometimes a picture is blurry…

but you Facebook it anyways because:

A) Your hat, hair, and makeup looks cute.  (Oh, yeah and I like these girls sometimes)

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B)  It’s the ONLY picture you took when you flew out to surprise your friend (even though she picked up on all of your “subtle” hints).

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And don’t think it’s an accident that both of these pictures feature my left-side.  To the left, to the left!  Come to think of it, I AM irreplaceable 🙂

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These days I am inspired at a crazy high rate

and wish to blog about my insights and beliefs.  And still, I want to make sure I don’t end up like this:

Know what I mean? 🙂

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The glorious fusion of skinny-dipping and complete privacy/chastity….

NOTHIN’ BETTER THAN THAT!

And no, no picture this time.  Temple recommend/employer-friendly/grandmothers reading, that kind of thing.  Plus I don’t have any and do NOT want to google that, know what I mean?

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My (near perfect) approach to satire…

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When it comes to our world and its issues, there is a lot to say!

… And a lot to criticize

There are absolutely times when it’s important to speak plainly and even harshly.  To reprove with sharpness (Doctrine and Covenants 121:43) , and to not beat around the bush (From what I understand, my grandfather Ernest Wilkinson often preferred this approach.).

So I occasionally will speak harshly (but still intelligently!) about subjects, but my passion does not overrule my logic (and vice versa).

Here are 2 of my strongest examples yet:

1)  Some Mansions

2)  Halloween Costume from Hell

And there are certain topics that Katherine simply will not explore in a comedic way (humor is great, but out of bounds can be dangerous, obscene, and grossly offensive).

You will never see any joke on my blog about racism, abuse, pornography, or violence.  

And it is NOT that I am afraid of alienating readers (although I do seek to maintain them!).  It is that those jokes are not a part of my life AT ALL, and therefore most certainly will not be part of my blog.

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However, when it comes to less serious (but still important!) issues like modesty, time spent on Facebook, and dating, things that are relevant to many people but are especially present in my psyche as a Mormon living in Provo, I like to (try to) be  funny!  I often think deeply about the issue (let it cook in the crock-pot of my mind for a while), but usually say very little.  It’s that whole “economy of words” things again.

Sure I know how to write 15 page papers, but in this case, I think that often the less said, the better.  Brevity IS the soul of wit, ya’ll! As long as what you are saying is funny, uplifting, entertaining, honest, but still speaks an important truth and sparks discussion and thought, I believe that often the point gets across most clearly and perfectly.  The idea of “truth in jest” shows up in almost all of my posts, and it is the core of my approach to satire.

(2 Shakespeare references in 1 paragraph-not bad!)

Two of my greatest influences in this respect are Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Paisley.  Both are brilliant comedians and satirists (Brad is also extremely good looking and could shred a guitar to pieces), but are NOT preachy or unkind.  They respect the intelligence of their audience.  And I believe this is what makes them so good.  Check out these two examples:

Well done, you two.  Well done.  Thanks so much for your inspiration.

And now back to the woman of the hour…

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My satire may not be perfect, but it is funny, witty, occasionally sexy, intelligent, clean, refreshing, and overall pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself.

🙂

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Satire

Sat on a tire

Kat sat on a tire

I’m tired, BYE!

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We all know those people who spend WAAAAAYYYYY too much time reading strangers’ blogs.

May as well make mine one of them 🙂

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Satan is on Facebook,

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but so is God.  Who’s friend request will you accept?

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No man can serve two masters. 

Thanks for the help on that one, Andrew.  BYU taught me to quote my sources. 🙂

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“You’re always quoting songs!”

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If I had a nickel for every time I heard this phrase (or something along those lines), I wouldn’t even care about the fortune I plan on making from this blog 🙂  No but seriously, I’ve given this idea some real thought.  And here’s what I’ve come up with:  I do not mean to be a walking song.  I can see how my near constant lyrical references could come off as being trite or cliche, not to mention potentially annoying.  It’s just that if someone has already found the words that perfectly express what you are feeling, why would you try to find new ones?  Economy of thought, people!  Plus you can still be creative and original by borrowing art.  Moulin Rouge, anyone?

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Ambivalent feelings toward fame and recognition

is a theme that good artists often explore.  As I see myself becoming a famous writer in the future (truth in jest), I imagine I will have to give this idea some thought.  Haha, but whether or not I ever get a single hit again, I find this a fascinating topic.  So for now, let’s just hear what Miss Natasha has to say about it.  And it’s hard for lyrics to stand out when they’re all good, but here are some notable ones:

“thirsty in a desert with a bag full of gold,

what I thought was precious was just a pile of stones”

Read ALL the lyrics here.

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I only really know one or 2 other people in this picture, but I put it up on Facebook to make myself look more popular.

Image True story.  Plus I STILL don’t really understand all that much about football, even after all these years.  Sorry, Dad.

PS.  Can you see my cute pink glove?  99 cents from Walgreens, if I remember correctly.  This girl loves a good deal.

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Controversy can overshadow talent and achievement….

There are SOOOO many examples of this, but here are just a few:

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1)  Kanye West- (um, Taylor Swift incident, anyone?)

2)  Eminem (If CNN has a top 10, that’s pretty bad Marshall)

3)  John Mayer (You know I love you Johnny, but don’t be spilling your secrets about women! Plus, chastity is where it’s at, anyways.)

And countless, countless others.  These people are often UNBELIEVABLY GIFTED, but when they get brought up in conversation, unfortunately that all often just gets forgotten because of mistakes they’ve made.

Just one more reason to keep my clothes modest.  That and I haven’t hit the gym in a while.

PS.  I do believe in repentance and redemption.  I do.

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Someone get this fuzzball head girl some smoothing serum!

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And I KNOOOOOWWWW that I’m not my hair, but still I wish it was cuter than in that last pic 🙂

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MUCH BETTER!

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I made a meme!

Imageand I have more in the works.  Stay tuned, ya’ll!

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We all have to put food on the table,

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but even if I never earn a cent from this blog, it’s still totally worth it.  Just sayin’.  And oh by the way, I was still in the parking lot!  Now gotta go research ways to scam the American public with a ponzi scheme to make my wallet nice and fat…

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The REAL reason Mormons get married so young….

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TO MAKE ALL OUR PINTEREST WEDDING DREAMS COME TRUE!

get your mind out of the gutter, pervs….

PS.  This is NOT my wedding board; that information is too sacred to share.  Plus, mine is WAAAAAAAAY better…

runaway bride!

🙂

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Once you’ve heard the acoustic version,

it’s hard to ever go back.  Just sayin’

#I KNOW this song is old, but it’s a goodie 🙂

#Christina, LET ME HELP YOU TONE DOWN THAT MAKEUP A LIL AND REALLY BRING OUT YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY!

#i’m all for religious freedom, but baby girl come on home to Mormonism

#dream of doing my own version of this song soon.  if you’re interested, hit me up.  Dead serious.  I promise my shirt will cover my whole stomach, too.

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The Law of Thermodynamics

The entropy of my bedroom…

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is always increasing!

#not proud of it, but gotta laugh so I don’t cry, know what I mean?)

#not usually this bad, just wanted to exaggerate for artistic purposes (it was moving day a few years ago)

*Famous (and weirdo) American writer Thomas Pynchon has a relatively renowned short story called “Entropy” dealing with slightly related themes, but in a less funny and more disillusioning way.  Like, we close ourselves off from the world cuz it’s so bad.  Sad.  Will write about that piece eventually…

#hey boys, if we fall in love I promise I will remedy this bedroom situation STAT and be your perfect cookie-cutter Mormon housewife!  I’ll sweep the floor if you sweep this girl off her feet.

I will sweep, sweep, sweep you off your feet…

~Ingrid Michaelson

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I have this theory…

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about people with pictures (particularly FB profile pictures) of themselves with children that are not directly their own (like a niece or nephew).  We want people to think we love them (which we do!), but really we just think we look super hot and want others to see and think we are good with kids and stuff.  Ain’t pointing any fingers.  I do it too!  Now I love my little twin nieces. But come on now, you know who this picture is really about 🙂

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I judge my self-esteem by the number of Facebook “likes” and “comments” I get

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Shakespeare said there is much truth in jest 🙂

#don’tweall?

https://ifhappinesscanlastforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/my-dream-job/

Core Beliefs:  Humor, Expression,

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