The most popular satirical writings use politics, pop culture, or current events that the public can relate to as a means to expose or portray an idea. When writing satire, it is not only important to use irony and exaggeration, it is also important to employ topics and subjects that are relevant to society.

Satire is a form of literature and media that uses humor and exaggeration to criticize an individual, group or society in general with the intent of exposing problems and portraying an idea. Satire can be traced back to well before the common era in ancient Egyptian and Roman writings. Satire is typically categorized as either Horatian, Juvenalian or Menippean. Horatian satire is typically very light-hearted and pokes fun at individuals or ideas, while Juvenalian satire is much harsher and often makes personal attacks using outrage. Menippean satire is written in the form of novels and attacks mental attitudes of individuals.

Historically, satire was literature that was used as a way to attack individuals or the government. Today, the most popular satires are television shows, movies, cartoons and short articles that are either political in nature, or that hyperbolize social and pop culture norms to expose the ridiculousness of humans' fascination with things like celebrities, technology and social media.