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What is satire?

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Satire: Witty language to convey insults or scorn. It's a way of criticising people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style.

Here is a satirical article about the popular networking website, Facebook.

What do you think the writer’s opinion of facebook is?

Do you think the article is true?

I have removed some of the vocabulary which you will need in order to complete the article.
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Satirical Facebook Reading

Facebook _1_ new way to group people you wouldn’t be seen dead with in real life

Social networking giant Facebook has unveiled a new ‘Groups’ feature which will allow people to _2_ groups of online friends with whom they would not be seen dead in public.

The new feature will allow users form online havens around a discreet circle of cliquey people - just as they do in the real world - finally allowing them to be as _3_ in the virtual world as they are in the real one.

Technology _4_ Greg Mayber told us, “People_5_ to focus of the privacy and security issues within Facebook, when in reality the biggest problem for users was what to do with all those ‘friends’ that you’ve met once at a party, or sat near to at school, and have absolutely no_6_of ever seeing ever again.”

“A simple de-friending often seemed a little rude, but now you can tuck them away in a group called ‘losers’ and never pay them another moments thought.”

Users have expressed _7_at the new feature, which they claim almost makes up for Facebook telling everyone everything about them, all of the time.

Long-time Facebook user Graham Knowles said, “It’s been a problem for years - I’d post an updated or a photo, and some _8_ from my distant past would comment on it like we were both twelve. It’s embarrassing.”

“Now I can tuck him away in that dark new place Facebook has invented and he’ll never see anything I do ever again. But he’ll think we’re still friends. Which is kind of nice, for him.”

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