By Kristie Mendoza
Satire is defined as the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Its origin comes from the early sixteenth century French, or from Latin satira, later form of satura ‘poetic medley.’ (Oxford Dictionaries)
From the very first to the last page, JPod is a rolling thunder of constant comedy as it sends up and spits the shamelessness and wickedness that define our era.
The main character, Ethan, is a lot like Coupland in his deep and long-lasting attraction with mass culture for its great quantity of images, and simply revels in its powers of replication. JPod contains printouts (with intentional errors embedded) of pi to a 100, 000 digits, the 8, 363 prime numbers and the 972 three-letter words permitted in Scrabble, because a co-member of the pod wants to out-Ethan and out-source Steve.
Not only does this book contain twists of irony and satire, but to further add wit, Ethan’s mom runs a marijuana grow-op with a built-in death trap in her basement. His dad has given up marine engineering to get into acting (the non-speaking parts as well as being extras in large crowd scenes). This gives his dad the opportunity to be photographed shaking hands with important Vancouver actors.
Humiliation and irony is what makes the satire in this book so apparent and Coupland can expect attacks for his jokes at gender-driven jargon.
Coupland, Douglas. JPod. Canada: Random House Canada, 2006. Print.
“Satire.” Oxford Dictionaries.com. Web. 23 March 2011.