 Satire has long been a tool of political criticism.
Although the term satire may describe an entire
work, a passage, or ...
Political Satire
 What or who is the subject of the piece?
 What is the example's main message?
 How would you describe...
The Evening “News”
The category of "fake news" has won the widespread
attention of the American public in shows like THE D...
Stephen Colbert
 Recently comedian Stephen Colbert of TV's Comedy
Central has gained attention for not only satirizing ou...
Politics and satire
Politics and satire
Politics and satire
Politics and satire
Politics and satire
of 9

Politics and satire

Politics and Satire
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: Education      
Source: www.slideshare.net


Transcripts - Politics and satire

  • 1.  Satire has long been a tool of political criticism. Although the term satire may describe an entire work, a passage, or a tone, its characteristics are shared: among these, it employs comedy or humor; has a target and an ideal to compare it to; and describes folly or vice in detail.  From THE COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPEDIA:From ancient times satirists have shared a common aim: to expose foolishness in all its guises — vanity, hypocrisy, pedantry, idolatry, bigotry, sentimentality — and to effect reform through such exposure. The many diverse forms their statements have taken reflect the origin of the word satire, which is derived from the Latin satura, meaning "dish of mixed fruits,"
  • 2. Political Satire  What or who is the subject of the piece?  What is the example's main message?  How would you describe its tone, or the feeling you get from it?  What makes it amusing/powerful/attention- getting?  How do word choices, visuals, tone of voice, and body language work to convey a particularly idea or meaning? How would changing one of these key elements change the message?
  • 3. The Evening “News” The category of "fake news" has won the widespread attention of the American public in shows like THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART and others. One of the best- known and longest-running segments of this type is the "Weekend Update" segment of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, which has satirized current events weekly since 1975. As Jon Stewart explained to Bill Moyers, "I think we don't make things up. We just distill it to, hopefully, its most humorous nugget. And in that sense it seems faked and skewed just because we don't have to be subjective or pretend to be objective. We can just put it out there."This form of satire, along with Internet "fake news" sites such as THE ONION, WHITEHOUSE.ORG, and the BOROWITZ REPORT have brought the attention of a younger generation to satire and commentary on today's political discussions and societal inequality.
  • 4. Stephen Colbert  Recently comedian Stephen Colbert of TV's Comedy Central has gained attention for not only satirizing our political system, but also participating in it. As a means of drawing attention to (and making fun of) the state of American campaign finance laws, Colbert has formed his own "Super PAC" and has been using it to run humorous campaign advertisements in states along the Republican presidential primary trail. In the process, he is giving his audience a lesson about how money functions in U.S. elections.  So far, the reception has been mixed. While some angry critics charge Colbert with making a mockery of our system, other commentators believe that his comedy is doing a brilliant job of highlighting the