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In satire, human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, ideally with the intent to bring about improvement.[1] Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humor in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit

The following quote is taken from a blog called Living Without Borders

Lastly but well-worthy of mention is this humorous take at San Miguel Gangs on all UNESCO sites, a comparison of San Miguel with Tallinn Estonia, another new UNESCO inductee. Though they may be dead serious. (It’s definitely one of the best blogs I’ve read this week!) Humor from San Miguel Ex-pats remains a rather precious commodity check the  newsgroups if you don’t believe me. Note that word “Civil” in the title and proceed with caution.

It seems counterproductive to explain satire because if you don’t get it, will an explanation cause you to get it. I think not but one should always throw out lifelines to the literals so that they don’t think you are mean.

Okay – here goes. If you put on what looks like a rug and a pair of Combat Cocktail Sandals walk around the Jardin with a puppy and approach people asking people to adopt a puppy what do you expect is going to happen.

Someone is watching. Someone is judging. Not everyone is going to see what you see. Some will snicker and some will not. Snickerless people are those who see the same thing as you do but those full of snickers see something quite different. Satire is about that which makes us snicker.

What did this woman think people would see? Or more importantly what did she see when she left the house that morning? Given a choice between a parasol and sun screen which choice will call less attention to yourself. You can’t see sunscreen but you can see a parasol. Given the choice between a spring coat and a throw from the chair nearest you, which would call less attention to yourself. Two attention getters lead to one conclusion – this woman wanted to call attention to herself.

The visuals of San Miguel are the cause of the Satire Gang. How long does it take, sitting in the Jardin, before you begin to wonder about the cause of the visuals that parade in front of you. These are people who came from the same culture that you did. Given the camera in your hand you take your first picture of a visual and ruminate. “What is going on here?” And the visuals keep on coming until you are forced to comment. For some of us the only reaction to the action of a parasol is satire. It is the same when a really fat man wears a tight T-shirt and by so doing calls attention to his fatness.

The Satire Gang sees San Miguel quite differently than the Tourist. The Tourist want to experience a world that is different from their own. That is why they love Europe. When they come to San Miguel they expect San Miguel Disney. Their cameras are aimed at what is different – the Parroquia, the mendicants, the Mariachi bands, and all the festivals. For some reason they don’t see what the Satire Gang sees – a group of middle-aged North Americans trying to be what they think is authentic and wanting everyone to see how authentic they are. The Tourist is missing the best show in town – their own people.