virus: parody of parody (was irony)

Mitchell Porter (
Wed, 17 Apr 1996 02:51:31 +1000 (EST)

[Marek Jedlinski]
> A related, parallel example is
> that of parody: you can take any 'serious' piece of writing -- e.g.
> _Paradise Lost_ or your national anthem -- and make it into a parody
> of itself (I feel that irony and parody are close relatives, though
> they need not go hand in hand); but you cannot *parody a parody*!

I think you can. Within the Church of the SubGenius, there is a
current that mocks the Church, which itself mocks the rest of the
world. There is a "Church of Don" pamphlet which parodies the basic
SubGenius pamphlet, which is itself arguably a parody of the
typical religious tract one might be handed on the street.