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The Asia Foundation is a non-benefit, non-administrative association proclaiming a promise to the “advancement of a tranquil, prosperous, simply, and open Asia-Pacific locale.” The Foundation bolsters Asian activities to enhance administration, law, and common society; ladies’ strengthening; monetary change and improvement; reasonable improvement and nature; and global relations. Established in 1954, The Foundation asserts almost 60 years of involvement in Asia and works with private and open accomplices in the territories of initiative and institutional improvement, trades, and approach research.

The Asia Foundation locations issues on both a nation and territorial level through a system of 18 workplaces as far and wide as possible. Other than its home office in San Francisco and an office in Washington, D.C. They are introduced in the majority of the Asia nations.

They have formative ranges in Governance, Economic advancement and ladies’ strengthening. The vast majority of establishments like these have stemmed out from past endeavors, for example, the Asian women’s fund.

The Asia Foundation’s biggest project zone – administration, law, and common society – creates and bolsters activities that manufacture more viable and responsive administration in Asia. The Foundation coordinates with an expansive system of accomplices in government, common society, and the private segment to enhance overseeing establishments so as to help quicken financial and social change, decrease defilement, oversee clash, and build subject investment.

Asia Foundation’s system of Asian staff distinguish accomplices and outline vital projects to engage ladies and location need issues, for example, brutality against ladies, trafficking in persons, training, professional preparing, micro-credit, and lawful rights.

It has likewise a decades-in length history of supporting expansive based monetary development crosswise over Asia through both open and private channels. The Foundation’s Economic Development projects bolster Asian activities to upgrade monetary administration to quicken and maintain comprehensive financial development and widen financial open doors through configuration and usage in three center system zones: 1) enhancing the business environment for private segment development, 2) progressing provincial financial collaboration, and 3) supporting enterprise advancement

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A 5-step guide to writing a perfectly satirical Onion article from co-founder Tim Keck

It must be fun to be a writer at the The Onion. You get paid to compose utterly ridiculous and hilarious satirical content based off the actual news on a daily basis, likely laughing your ass off the entire day.

But how does the process of writing those matter-of-fact and at times degrading headlines and stories actually work?

Tim Keck, who co-founded The Onion back in 1988 and sold it one year later, spoke at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference and provided a five-step guide for writing an Onion article.

It is also handy for your LinkedIn profile, apparently.

“Take these techniques for Linkedin and you will super juice it,” said Keck, who went on to found an alternative Seattle weekly paper called The Stranger.

Without further ado, here’s how to write an Onion story:

1. Include The Elephant 

For example, The Onion poked fun at former president Bill Clinton with the headline: “New President Feels Nation’s Pain, Breasts,”

2. Religion is Dumb

Keck described Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion who created this 5-step formula, as a “huge atheist,” along with Keck himself. They decided to use this as fuel for their publication.

3. The Honest Character

“Nobody speaks honestly,” said Keck. So, The Onion decided to do it on behalf of everyone and then compile stories based on that.

4. The Big/Small Switcheroo

This step focuses on talking about big things in a small way, and vice versa.

5. Write Something As Mean As Possible

Finally, to write an Onion article, you can be as mean as possible. “This is something writers love.” . Keck said that since The Onion wasn’t really “subversive,” it needed something that gave the publication energy


Satire – The Definitive Guide to Satire: Etymology, History & Lore

Satire is an indirect form of critique, in that it mocks or attacks an individual or idea by proxy. Satirical speech and literature is generally used to observe and judge the “evils” or morally questionable ideals held by individuals, groups and sometimes entire cultures. The attack itself is derived from what is known as the satirist’s social motive–these critiques illustrate what the satirist, within the context of their own world view, believes is “right” based upon what they ridicule as “wrong”. Jean Weisgerber’s Satire and Irony a Means of Communication states, “Satire is manifestly directed to people. It involves the victim it attacks and the public it tries to persuade, it restores to language its full status as a means of communication, its end is rhetorical.”

The purpose of satire is primarily to make the audience aware of the “truth”. The satirist makes an argument that relies upon the intellect of the listener to decipher hidden meaning, with the ideal end goal to inform, enlighten, explain and correct the audience. Due to its critical and judging nature, satire is sometimes deemed excessive or in poor taste.

Despite the aggressive, sometimes-personal attacks that are derived from works of satire, it serves a special purpose–catharsis. Satire, particularly in the form of comedy, allows both narrators and audiences to turn outrage, hatred and “other socially unacceptable impulse[s] into socially acceptable and even delightful forms.” [3] Neither the victim of the satirist’s attack, nor the satirist are subject to physical violence.

In a press release following the incident, the New Yorker explained that the cover, “satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.” Blitt went on to defend his cover as well, saying, “I think the idea that the Obamas are branded as unpatriotic [let alone as terrorists] in certain sectors is preposterous. It seemed to me that depicting the concept would show it as the fear-mongering ridiculousness that it is.”


Facebook Is Testing A ‘Satire’ Tag Since Users Think The Onion Articles Are True

Founded in 1988, The Onion is a parody news organization that publishes fake articles like “Busch Gardens Unveils New 9,600-Mile-Long Endurance Coaster” and “LensCrafters, Pearle Vision Agree To Prisoner Exchange.” The Onion’s websites hit around 11 million total unique visitors per month and a lot of the traffic is driven by Facebook. Many gullible Facebook users believe that the headlines for these articles are true so the social network company is testing out a ‘[Satire]’ tag in front of links to satirical content.

Facebook said that it is adding the [Satire] tags because of feedback that it received from users wanting a way to “distinguish satirical articles from others.”

If the [Satire] tag helps people realize that The Onion articles are satire, then it will give the blog less to write about. LiterallyUnbelievable takes screenshots of an article from The Onion posted to Facebook along with angry comments from people that were fooled by the headline.

The “related articles” selected for each story are based on an algorithm. The Boston Globe recently criticized the algorithm for displaying inappropriate related articles about First Lady Michelle Obama after content was posted related to her encounter with a 10-year-old girl whose father lost his job. The three related articles were either mostly false or filled with inappropriate commentary. “If you are spreading false information, you have a serious problem on your hands. They shouldn’t be recommending stories until they have got it figured out,” said Emily Bell, director of Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, in an interview with the Boston Globe.

Facebook spokesman Jessie Baker said that the news feed units were designed to surface popular links that are shared on Facebook, but the company does not make any judgment about whether the links are true or false “just as we don’t make any judgment about whether the content of your status updates are true or false.”



Remarks on Comfort Women

I am totally in agreement that the use of “comfort women” by Japanese soldiers before and during the World War 2 was an inexcusable act that violated the dignity and human rights of the women in which large numbers of Korean and Japanese were included. I am totally aware that their great pain and deep hurt were beyond description.

I also strongly believe that Japan must reflect upon its past offenses with humility and express a heartfelt apology and regret to those women who suffered from the wartime atrocities as comfort women. Our nation must be determined to stop this kind of tragedy from occurring again.

I have never condoned the use of comfort women. I place the greatest importance on the dignity and human rights of women as an essential part of the universal values in today’s world. It is extremely regrettable that only the cut-off parts of my remarks have been reported worldwide and that these reports have resulted in misunderstood meanings of the remarks, which are utterly contrary to what I actually intended.

We must express our deep remorse at the violation of the human rights of these women by the Japanese soldiers in the past, and make our apology to the women. What I intended to convey in my remarks was that a not-insignificant number of other nations should also sincerely face the fact that their soldiers violated the human rights of women. It is not a fair attitude to blame only Japan, as if the violation of human rights of women by soldiers were a problem unique to the Japanese soldiers. This kind of attitude shelves the past offenses that are the very things we must face worldwide if we are truly to aim for a better world where the human rights of women are fully respected. Sexual violation in wartime was not an issue unique to the former Japanese army. The issue existed in the armed forces of the U.S.A., the UK, France, Germany and the former Soviet Union among others during World War 2. It also existed in the armed forces of the Republic of Korea during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. (Vietnam Comfort Women)

Against this historical background, I stated that “the armed forces of nations in the world” seemed to have needed women “during the past wars”. Then it was wrongly reported that I myself thought it as necessary for armed forces to use women and that “I” tolerated it.

It is a hard historical fact that soldiers of some nations of the world have used women for sexual purposes in wars. From the viewpoint of respecting the human rights of women, it does not make much difference whether the suffering women are licensed or unlicensed prostitutes and whether or not the armed forces are organizationally involved in the violation of the dignity of the women. The use of women for sexual purposes itself is a violation of their dignity. It also goes without saying that rape of local citizens by soldiers in occupied territories and hot spots of military conflict are intolerable atrocities.


‘This is social media’s age — muzzling satire makes it go viral’

How did you start creating political satire?
Well, we’re engineers-turned management grads-turned policy researchers-turned satirists. We were working with Yashwant Sinha in 2011 on the Union Budget’s shadow version. To take a break from the mind-numbing work, we wrote a satirical piece online titled — Government mulls direct cash transfers by dropping money bags from the sky.

This was well-received. So we decided to continue.

In an age of hypersensitivity, will satire survive?
We’re optimistic. This is the age of social media — when someone tries to muzzle free speech, it invariably becomes all the more viral.

Politicians realise that these days — BJP, particularly Narendra Modi, understand social media better than most politicians. So we’re confident satire will only grow.

Unreal Elections is also a first of its kind in India — we’ve used real names in fictional situations and poked fun at them. We’ve established a precedent.

We ensure our work’s based on facts and doesn’t cross certain lines — as long as satire is within bounds, devoid of malice and fair, public figures will take it in their stride.

Satire is growing rapidly in India — what’s driving this?
It’s partly social media and the spread of digital devices which makes it easier to generate and share such content.

That said, satire’s always been part of the public discourse — and in India, some of the best satire comes from politicians taking digs at their rivals.


Now, social media provides mechanisms for people to interact with each other and leaders. This enriches the public discourse, with satire also gaining salience. People are more receptive to humour — that’s rubbed off on politicians too.



My Profile Story Brings Social Networking Satire To Life

One of the more original new web series to debut recently is also one of the hardest to explain. The Fine Brothers’ My Profile Story is about the drama that ensues when you rank on someone’s social networking profile page, anthropomorphized thanks to the miracle of green-screening. It’s like Toy Story, but with the Top Friends section on MySpace. And it’s a hoot.

Once you wrap your head around the concept, My Profile Story opens up as a solid satire of social networking concepts. See, Jenny’s just your average girl with an account on the social networking site, and when she leaves her computer, her Top Friends come to life. But because this is Jenny’s profile page, their lives all revolve around their relationship to Jenny — and when her best friend Kali discovers that she’s been pushed out of the top friend spot by Jenny’s new boyfriend Jordan, trouble begins to brew.

While the pilot launched today on, the show’s official site is definitely worth checking out, as it’s a perfect mirror of the My Profile Story service used in the show, completely with parody banner ads and profiles for all the supporting characters. It’s even possible to create a profile for yourself and become friends with the characters on the show — but the Fine Brothers don’t pass up any opportunity to poke fun atsocial networking in general.

In the pilot, the only character who really stands out is Kali, and we don’t know quite enough about the relationship between real-world Jenny and Jordan to get invested in its survival, online or off. Also, what happens to these avatars on other pages of the site: Do their profiles have their own profile drama of their own?



Using satire and social media to face dark political issues

Coming to terms with a post-nuclear war world may not seem a likely topic for a comedy. However, in Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed cold war film “Dr. Strangelove,” this theme serves as vehicle not only for comedy, but also for political critique.

Now the university is hoping to capitalize on this type of satire to discuss political topics with it’s new film series, “Fade to Black.”

The semester-long series features five American-made films themed around political satire and dark humor. The series is offered as a one-credit class and is open to all majors. It is also open and free for the public.

Communications professor Lindsay Hoffman created the series, calling it the first of its kind. So far, she said the series has been very well received by students.

“My objective is just to get students interested and engaged and thinking about things that they maybe wouldn’t ordinarily,” said Hoffman.

Students are thinking ahead as well. Buckle, who is not officially enrolled in the course, already said she would register for next year’s series.

The films in the series are “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “Wag the Dog,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Thank You for Smoking.”

Hoffman said these particular films were chosen for their “iconic representation of dark political humor.” The theme of dark political humor was chosen to lighten up issues.


The next film in the Fade To Black series is “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” the film will begin rolling Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.

Lincoln filmmakers celebrate award for social media satire

A team of talented filmmakers from the University of Lincoln are in contention for a national Royal Television Society (RTS) Award after winning a regional title for their satirical review of society’s obsession with social media.

Facebook Anonymous is a ‘mockumentary’ that reveals the real dangers of Facebook addiction, and it was named as the winner in the Comedy and Entertainment category at the RTS Midlands Student Awards.

Produced by Thomas Mckie, Ashley Wilks, Luke Winter and Alexander Whitcombe while students in Lincoln’s School of Film & Media, the film was celebrated by RTS judges as “an outstanding entry”.

The prize was presented by BAFTA award-winning actress Vicky McClure, who starred in This is England, as well as television series Line of Duty and Broadchurch. As winners at the regional awards, the Lincoln team will go on to compete at the national RTS Awards in spring 2015.

The filmmakers, who graduated from the University earlier this year, now work together as Wall Breaker– an independent corporate video production company which has already been commissioned by national clients.

Ashley Wilks said: “We’re absolutely thrilled about winning the award. We worked very hard on the film, spending over six months developing, shooting and editing it. We used professional actors and shot in numerous locations throughout the UK.”

The team also secured a nomination for their film, The Last Fisherman, in the Drama section, and a student from the University’s School of English & Journalism, Anna Paterson, was nominated in the Factual category for her documentary, Invincible.

Being famous in a social media-obsessed world: Kirsten Dunst stars in short satire film exposing the weirdness of selfie culture

Kirsten Dunst has starred in a two-minute short film about what it’s like to be a celebrity in our social-media obsessed culture.

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Other actresses Mr Frost has enlisted in his short films include Cate Blanchett in a ‘slow motion’ satire, Kate Winslet in an interview spoof, and Jessica Chastain turning on a fan who is attempting to take a sly photo.
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The dramatization, which was shot for Vs. Magazine by filmmaker Matthew Frost, shows the 32-year-old actress getting accosted by a pair of female fans outside what appears to be her Los Angeles home.

Upon snapping a number of selfies with the star, the fans all but ignore Miss Dunst in favor of their phones – even when she attempts polite conversation. Then, they arrogantly implore her to ‘tag’ them from her own social media account.

 Miss Dunst agreed to take part in the film after she declared herself a fan of Mr Frost’s best-known skit, Fashion Film, starring Izzy Caplan, which mocks forced ‘artsiness.’

In his latest offering, titled Aspirational, Miss Dunst is filmed waiting for an Uber car when the two fans screech to a halt in their car alongside her and ask: ‘Are you Kirsten Dunst?’

The actress wryly confirms that yes she is, after which the girls scramble out of their car and wordlessly, without asking permission, start taking numerous selfies with her.

Miss Dunst, who asks the girls ‘How are you?’ and is entirely ignored, is gracious, if a little baffled with their impromptu photo shoot.

‘Don’t you want your friend to take it?’ she asks one of the girls, who is struggling to get her own face into frame with the actress.

‘I don’t trust her,’ the girl responds shortly.

Both distinctly unenthusiastic ‘fans’ then start typing into their phones fiendishly as they share their prized selfies.

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