February 18, 2006

An Indistinct Distinction

I don't know why this keeps bothering me, but I can't nail down the difference between parody and satire. Even this lawyerly discussion of some Supreme Court pondering of the point leaves me unclear. Anyone?
"Parody needs to mime an original to make its point" about the original. Satire was regarded as directing its ridicule toward society at large, or at least not solely toward the original. Because "satire can stand on its own two feet [it] requires justification for the very act of borrowing."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But if satire were directly borrowing from the source, wouldn't it then be parody, and thus not need justification? So I guess parody is a more specific satire...but I think the definition really depends on who's suing whom and how much money they want.