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1. An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to illustrate a news item. What recent news item is Jerry Holbert illustrating in this cartoon?
a) in a recent poll, consumers said they liked Apple maps better than Google maps
b) Google’s new self-driving car will only take owners to places that Google thinks are appropriate for that person
c) In its long-running rivalry with Apple, Google has announced that its self-driving car will never drive a person to an Apple store
d) Google recently introduced self-driving cars to the public which do not have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals
2. Which comic device does the cartoonist use to make his point? Explain your answer.
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1. d) Google recently introduced self-driving cars to the public which do not have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals
2. a) exaggeration: The cartoonist is exaggerating how much control the new Google driverless car will have over owners’ lives.
The cartoonist did not use:
b) understatement, which is a figure of speech in which statements are purposely understated. It may be used to indicate the speaker’s nonchalance (or obliviousness) regarding an often important or otherwise remarkable situation. It often results in irony where, for instance, the speaker’s response to an event does not match how the viewer expects the speaker to react.
c) parody, which is a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing; a work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
d) pun, which is a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings