Learning that Saturday Night Live began in 1975, a time where authority institutions really sucked, made me realize how necessary that show was to society at that time. They needed to laugh at the absurdity of the times, gather round and revel in the bullshit they were currently living through.
Now, 40 years in the future, we still read about governmental exploitative stories and awful tales of bureaucratic mistreatment…but we now have more outlets. The show at that time was huge and basically the most mainstream attack on the ridiculousness of society.
Now all we do is mock the society we live in. People use words and phrases ironically, troll company’s social media, watch and comment on a myriad of programs that now mock every little faucet of life. Looking around, it seems like everyone wants to jump on this mocking bandwagon and hopefully capture the most sarcastic sentiment of the moment.
We may have more satire and more lenses looking into culture, but is the quality still there? There are certainly a good number of movies, books, articles, etc. that does its fair share of muckraking but a lot of satire today seems diluted.
It being the age of a million channels and options, SNL is now just another choice among many that poke fun at life.