When satire invades reality

Jul 16, 2012 Published under Interesting Random Stuff

This YouTube video below is a funny satire on its own. But it becomes dangerously hilarious when I tell you that on my most recent trip to Ramallah, a couple friends showed it to me as proof that Facebook was a CIA subsidiary. They were serious. And they thought the video was real. Which should make us all wonder more frequently how American entertainment gets interpreted and absorbed across the globe. That is just one more reason why I can’t stand the Kardashian empire. Back when Sex and the City and the Sopranos were at their top, I happened to be traveling through Sri Lanka on a PeaceWorks venture and remember how all my Singhalese and Tamil friends were awestruck at the violence and promiscuity of Americans, assuming all they saw was truly reflective of American society. Then again, Sex and the City did eventually actually change American society to make Brazilian bikini waxes and thongs standard fare. So the joke is probably on us!

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