A new survey released today by the Institute of Public Affairs indicates the Australian public has lost the ability to tell satire from real politics, following a slew of borderline unbelievable news reports involving the Abbott Government. When presented with a range of legitimate government policies, those surveyed responded that the policies were “pretty wacky”, “absurd”, and “almost too stupid to tell if people are being serious or not.”
“It’s become so hard to distinguish these days,” commented one confused citizen named Steve. “Tony Abbott’s flag count is shooting up faster than a junky on dole day, MPs who are for data retention don’t know how their phones work, Clive Palmer’s dinosaur burnt down while he was telling the Prime Minister to hang himself, and then there was the thing with the bees setting up shop inside Bill Shorten’s head. I’m not sure what they’re selling though because it sure isn’t a competent opposition.”
When shown news stories about the revived rumours that Malcolm Turnbull could win a leadership spill many people responded with “I’ve already seen this episode!” and “Have they run out of ideas already? These comedy writers are getting lazy.”
A recent poll revealed similarly concerning results, showing that the public’s favourite satirical stories of the year were “Abbott Breaks Into Zoo to Destroy Conservation Efforts” at number 3, “Bill Shorten Raps Budget Reply” at number 2, and “Tony Abbott Knights Prince Philip” taking out the number one spot.
“Haha very funny. He’s a prince and a duke! As if you’d knight him, they’re both several ranks higher than a knight! I almost fell for this one.” commented ThrobbingMember82 under an article about the event.
Perhaps the most affected though are those who make their living by skewering the news. “Comedy writers aren’t even trying anymore,” commented an English Major who had actively sought out some journalists to talk to so they could avoid doing assignments. “It’s too hard to create an ironic stories based off the opposite of what you’d think would happen when that’s literally what Abbott is doing every day.”
“If you want to write something funny then perhaps try and find material from Scott Ludlam’s new proposed plans to create green power by attaching miniature wind turbines to the mouths of politicians. I bet there’s tons of potential jokes to be made up over that!”
“Something about hot air… hmm… what’s a good pun here…” he mumbled to himself, desperately avoiding having to read another critical analysis of Moby Dick.