These days offense seems like a badge people take pride in wearing, as though outrage makes them a part of some kind of special club. Write that the sky is blue and you’ll draw a pissed off comment about how you dared forget to mention the clouds. Satire, though, gathers so much offense online that the genre is dying a quick death.
Editors tired of battling contention pressure their writers to choose less important themes and then ultimately stop publishing stuff that’s unpalatable for the masses. Ever tried hunting for satire online these days? There aren’t many quality sources for a reason: satire comments threads aren’t exactly fun to moderate what with all the rage floating around. Add to that the fact that a huge number of people take satire literally and you’re left with an administrative nightmare. Most decide it isn’t worth it.
It’s tempting to jump off into softer genres. Hell, I’ve done it for months on end. I keep on coming back to satire, though, because social commentary has its place in our community. If we don’t stay aware of our culture’s habits and foibles, it becomes that much easier to drink the Kool-Aid.