Colbert couldn't make Stuxnet or cyberwar funny

Satire only works if you help an audience understand the threat

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Whether you profit by them or not, whether you approve of them or not, whether you wish you could laugh at them or not, the fleecing of stockholders, shirking of safety measures in coal mines, destruction of the environment and cyberwar attacks all have real-world repercussions.

It's just a shame the causes aren't clear enough for most people to really understand.

Without understanding, outrage is impossible; without outrage, satire is irrelevant.

Without relevance, satire isn't funny.

For readers bracing themselves in the flow of so much confusing, often bad news, not being funny is at least as big a sin as not being relevant.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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