Newest Review: ... by pointing out all that is wrong with society, but regardless as to whether satire can change this society to me is superfluous. At th... more
Sardonic, witty, eternally funny.
Member Name: will_he_wont_he
Advantages: Hilarious, relevant, informative, cutting edge humour which is enjoyable for almost everyone.
Disadvantages: Paper; and that it only comes fortnightly.
It's tempting to read Private Eye as your sole source of news. Such is the quality of reporting, but most importantly, the entertainment factor of this magazine. To me, there is an odd paradox with Private Eye; it brings joy and laughter by pointing out all that is wrong with society, but regardless as to whether satire can change this society to me is superfluous. At the core of the magazine is humour, provided by many a great column and cartoonist, but also small mini-columns, containing witticisms, quotes and 'brown nosing'. Personal favourites include HP Sauce and Weird and Dumb Britain.
It's now been running for over 50 years, and in no way is it getting old, I still wait expectantly and hopeful for when it comes through the letterbox (I'd recommend getting a subscription!). It can be read by almost any age, so with Christmas coming up, could make a good present for "gobby" teenagers to miserable misanthropic grandparents.
For £1.50 (even less with a subscription), you pay for superb entertainment and a few scandals. My only negative is that it seems to be printed on the cheapest paper ever made; but you can't have everything, and the quality of the written word is far superior to this minor issue.
Summary: Brilliant; the epitome of satire.
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