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Part One Canadian Idiot Song Analysis: The song Canadian Idiot by Weird Al Yankovic fits best with the postmodernist movement. It is a pastiche because it has taken the song, American Idiot by Green Day, for the purpose of mockery. It is a light-hearted imitation of the original song. The theme of national identity is treated with dark comedy and irony. Intertextuality is used in the song. Another element shown in the song is the use of things influenced through media such as stereotypes. It is a parody of what Green Day wrote about Americans during the election of Bush and 9/11. The tone is much lighter because it only talks about superficial things such as the Canadian’s love of hockey, preferred foods, local accents, and the constant niceness. At the same time, it criticizes America’s poor health system, gun control, and safety concerns compared to Canada’s standards. Green Day’s song Still Breathing , is postmodernist but does not use the elements of mockery and parody unlike American Idiot or Canadian Idiot . The songs Still Breathing by Green Day and Creep by Radiohead belong to the stylistic movement of postmodernism because both of the songs use a variety of elements such as parody and mockery. Instead, it uses sense of paranoia; human experience is ambiguous, sense of not belonging, and questioning of reality, etc. Still Breathing I'm like a child looking off in the horizon I'm like an ambulance that's turning on the sirens Oh, I'm still alive I'm like a soldier coming home for the first time I dodged a bullet and I walked across a landmine Oh, I'm still alive Am I bleeding? Am I bleeding from the storm? Just shine a light into the wreckage So far away, away 'Cause I'm still breathing 'Cause I'm still breathing on my own My head's above the rain and roses Making my way away 'Cause I'm still breathing 'Cause I'm still breathing on my own My head's above the rain and roses Making my way away My way to you

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