Using Technology to Create Satire

September 11, 2023
David Sunnyside

Technology, or tecnology, is the application of scientific knowledge to practical aims of human life. In other words, it’s the use of science to manipulate and change the environment around us, whether that means developing new products or improving existing ones.

Satire is an art form that uses wit to ridicule shortcomings in society, and expose stupidity. The satirist is often a witty figure who observes the subject of their criticism with an amused, tolerant attitude.

In the example above, Franklin depicts the witch trials with a lighthearted attitude that makes them seem absurd rather than dangerous. By linking “Lumps of Mortality” with “Moses and all the Prophets and Apostles,” he reminds his audience that the accused are mortal men, not witches.

The article’s description of the test in which the accused are weighed on scales and cast into water is also absurd. It reveals that the trials are not meant to be serious, but are a form of entertainment for the masses. This is typical of the satirical tone of this piece and reflects the author’s stance on religious emotionalism. The other answer choices do not fit this tone and may be eliminated. For more articles on technology, check out Tech4Good (which includes sustainable technologies), Connectivity and Game Changing Technology.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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