Mad Magazine is ceasing its publication of the print edition. This is going to be a huge loss.
Mad Magazine used parody, caricature, and satire to lampoon the ridiculous elements of our age.
This was the role of parables in Jesus’s age.
We have been taught to read parables poorly. They have been neutered, sanitized, and de-fanged.
Many of us were taught to read parables as:
- Aesop’s Fables
Parables are none of those things.
Parables are small stories about birds and farmers, widows and foreigners designed to come in underneath the listener’s radar to that their defenses are down … and then once in, to interrogate assumptions and undermine (subvert) the status quo.
Both Mad and Jesus’s parables utilized irony, skepticism, exaggeration, and satire to poke holes in the hypocritical and unjust elements of the establishment.
Mad’s legacy has now passed to TV shows like the Simpsons, South Park, the Daily Show, and even Saturday Night Live.
Here are two great articles about the end of Mad Magazine (one in the LA Times and one in the NY Times) .
Watch this video and let me know what you think.