The avowed point of, at least the definition of, satire is to critique by ridicule society/specific aspects therein in order to cause positive change. A lot of satires are made, enjoyed, praised ... and yet they fall short of their supposed point in that the enjoyment and praise seems to be pretty much just from those who already agreed, already strongly believed in the criticism to begin with. It seems the real effect of satire, if not even the intention, is just preaching to, even flattering to, the choir. If so, should the genre be considered to have failed in its broader, nobler point? Should it, as it actually is, be considered pretty wasteful?