Fenty, Rihanna. “Love the Way You Lie Part 2.” Lyrics.com Lyrics.com, n.d. Web. 6 Mar. 2011.

In their song, Rihanna and Eminem, portray the situation between couples who carry out a love-hate relation.  They demonstrate that even though there´s a lot of affection, they end up hurting each other. They also explain with phrases like “baby with out I´m nothing, hug and me then tell how ugly I am”, that no matter how difficult it is for the relation to carry on, they love each other so much, that they can never be apart. They insinuate that a person will go through any experience in order to be with the person they love and it´s clear that they will fight to always have each other: “know that no matter how many knifes we put in each other´s back, that we´ll have each other´s back…” This song has had great success and for goods reasons: it has a strong phrases “we lay in the wake of destruction” and “with out you I´m out [his mind]” which are all metaphors that the artist use to express the troubles couples commonly go through and also exposes the ironies of love.  It doesn´t make sense that people who adore each other can hurt themselves badly at times

McCoy, Glenn. “Well, at least he´s not Bush.” Cartoon. Bns-uclick. n,d. Web. 28 Feb. 2011

 In this cartoon, Obama is killing a dove with a coin that has ´Peace Prize´ written on it, and two noble men in the back are mumbling, “at least he´s not Bush.” Ultimately what is at stake here is whether Obama really deserved the peace prize. McCoy exhibits that it´s ironic that he won it, with his country being at war and many lives lost at his cost and orders. This cartoon is worthy of a collection thanks to the symbols used, through which an opinion is expressed, using irony. The dove symbolizes peace, and the killing may represent war, while the coin may even suggest that money was involved. Lastly, the line “well, at least he´s not Bush” indicates that McCoy dislikes Bush. 

scumbag billionaire.” Cartoon. MAD. Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. n, d. Web. 21 March 2011.

 The cartoon, “Bernie Madoff is Scumbag Billionaire” recapitulates some of the harm Madoff did by swindling thousands of people with his investment firm. The cartoon is an analogy to the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” because it has the same format as the movie’s poster. It asks the question “what does it take to destroy the finances of innocent people and charities?” and when given the options: “moral bankruptcy, depraved indifference, obscene selfishness and all of the above”, the answer is the last one. Also we see quotes of people who got cheated and a strong line being “The #1 Scam of the Year.” Ultimately what the cartoon wants to inform is that Madoff is a terribly, awful person, who is full of “pure greed.” Being this a very sensible topic that affected thousands of people and families, the author uses sarcasm to get his point across. By doing this, he criticizes Madoff strongly and it makes it easier for people to understand the harm he caused and the magnitude of his offenses.  

Sharpnack. “Billions Wasted.” Cartoon. Funnytimes.com Funny Times, 17 Dec. 2008. Web. 14 Feb. 2011.

 This cartoon, titled “Billions Wasted,” has a simple image that reveals a very strong meaning. It is a sign with a “w” and below, the caption “billions wasted.” The W is an analogy to the “M” of McDonalds and it also represents George W. Bush. Ultimately what Sharphack is demonstrating is that while McDonalds is a corporation that generates billions of dollars Bush, during his presidency, misused billions of dollars that were of no good and thrown to the trash. Even though there are many works about Bush, this cartoon stands out thanks to its simplicity that helps it reflect a strong and precise opinion. Sharphack believes that Bush didn´t perform a good job, and with a simple analogy and two words, he criticizes a work done over eight years. 

The Social Network. Dir. David Fincher. Perf. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss. Columbia Picture, 1 October 2010. DVD

 The Social Network is the film based on the creation of Facebook, and what was going on with Mark Zuckerberg´s (the creator) life during the making of the website and the years that followed. The film begins with Mark breaking up with a girl and after having a few drinks with his roommates he ended up creating a website called “FaceMash,” that was based on rating the attractiveness of women. It rapidly got millions of views and ended up crashing Harvard’s network. This gave Mark huge popularity around campus and he attracted the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who hired him as the programmer for a website they wanted to create called “Harvard Connection.” Then Mark approached his best friend with the idea of “Facebook,” who after listening to him agreed to give him financial aid for the project. Slowly the site started getting popularity in Harvard so Mark decided to expand to Yale, Columbia and Stanford University. Then Facebook attracted the attention of Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, who became his advisor. Meanwhile, Mark had two lawsuits, one from the Winklevoss twins claiming he stoll their idea and the other from his ex-best friend, and the “ex-financial advisor” of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, claiming that when the website started generating money, his shares got diluted.  Even though the movie is showing something that happened in real life and does not have a concrete theme, one can deduce different things from these events of Mark´s life. On one hand, you don´t have to be old to reach your goals. If you work hard and dedicate yourself, you can accomplish what you want. On the other hand, you have to stick to your values and your opinion and never give in and acknowledge that some one else is right when you know you are right.  The subject of the movie is not humorous, but Mark (or the actor in the movie) is. When he talks and expresses himself there´s satire and irony in his voice. With phrases like “you know, you don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you were the inventors of Facebook, you would have invented Facebook.” And “I didn´t know that, tell me more” when being told that he was being sued by his best friend there is clear tone of sarcasm and mock in his voice. Also, even the headline of the movie “you don’t get 500 million friends without getting a few enemies,” is a clear example of hyperbole and irony. 

Ward, Henry. “Henry Ward Beecher quotes.” ThinksExist.com. ThinkExist, 2010. Web. 24 May 2011.

 Henry Ward, a political and social worker from the 19th century said something v genuine about humor. With a few words, he compared a humorless person with a “wagon without springs,” claiming that it will be badly injured by the pebbles on the street, just as a humorless person will get hurt easily. Through his comparison, Ward is describing humor as something that defends and makes people stronger. This quote is easy to understand and it does not have humor, but it explains why humor is such a significant part of life. Many people don´t thinks that humor is necessary and even though there are many bitter people around the world, the ones who have humor, or at least understand it, will have a more enjoyable life. 


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