Terry Bisson Writing Styles in The Toxic Donut

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Satire

Satire is a form of humor that comments on a social situation by portraying it in an unflattering or absurd manner. Using satire to comment on a situation is often more effective than merely discussing the issue directly, since satire tends to leave lasting, humorous images in a reader's mind. It is ludicrous to imagine that a society could condense the sum total of a year's toxic waste and pollution to the size of a donut. However, Bisson makes this laughable idea a reality in a future society so that he can point out some real issues, such as the problem of consumption, which is closely linked to pollution. Currently, humans in industrialized countries are consuming many of earth's natural resources faster than these resources can be replenished. Some of these resources are used by corporations to manufacture products, and the by-products of this manufacturing are the source...

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