See irony1 . 2, 3. burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty. Satire, lampoon. Refer to literary forms in which vices or follies are ridiculed. Satire, the general term, often emphasizes the weakness more than the weak person, and usually implies moral judgment and corrective purpose.
Source:Random House, http://www.dictionary.com
Dear Members of DR1:
Several months ago a friend recommended that I subscribe to your site in effort to not only participate in the discussions contained in your forums, but to hopefully make my blog available to your readers. Upon much review and consideration, I had finally decided to reach out and formally introduce myself to one of your moderators on January 15, 2011. I had explained the purpose of my advertisement-free blog and had cordially requested permission to be allowed to write on your site.
No sooner did I submit my request and to my surprise and dismay, I was banned from your site with no explanation whatsoever.
It seems that the content of my blog has bristled your moderator to the extent of banning not just myself as the author, but also other fellow Dominicans who comment about my site.
I offer no apologies or justifications for the topics I write about, nor will I expect all readers to agree with me. But it would be provincial of me to suppress the opinions of those who are in disagreement with my writing. Thus, part of being an educated individual is to allow opportunity for readers to discuss, reflect on and criticize the pieces I have put forth so far. To prohibit the aforementioned would be a doltish display of censorship that we might have seen in the Dominican Republic circa 1945. But then again, censorship is a part of the Island’s ethos, as proven by the countless numbers of songs and artists that have been banned throughout time. Hence, I was wrong to believe that I would be an exception.
I am thankful that as New Yorkers, we are lucky that the good people of DR1 are not in charge of our city. For there wouldn’t be SNL, Whoopie Goldberg, Dennis Miller, Michael Moore, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock and countless other personalities who provide the single most important thing that defines Western society: the freedom of expression to allow a social discourse that engages participants to laugh, scrutinize, and appraise our society. It is what allows Bill Maher and Ann Coulter to appear on the same stage, and why thanks to Dave Letterman, we laugh at the expense of Sarah Palin. All this in good humor, but most importantly in effort to engage the audience in thought-provoking dialogue.
Finally, I wish to make it clear that I hold no grudges against the good people who run DR1. Banning me is perhaps that best thing that has happened in my young life as a blogger. It gives me proof to vehemently continue what I have been asserting since the start of this site. I invite you to stay tuned for my forthcoming piece: Islanders can’t handle some truth nor they can’t take a joke.