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Political Satire

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Amy Gordon

on 15 May 2013

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By Amy Gordon Political Satire Examples of Political Satire About/Purpose History of Political Satire Political Satire Overseas Political Satire on TV Written Political Satire References -The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
-The Colbert Report
-Real Time with Bill Maher
-Political Cartoons
-"The Satirical Political Report"
-The Onion -To criticize, to influence, to analyze
-To expose injustice in politics
-Meant to be funny, but also used to call out the flaws, holes, irony in politics
-Example: Court jester of medieval times (pokes fun at the mishaps of the Royalty) -Can date back to even cave people, drawings on the walls
-Shakespeare, Aristophanes, Mark Twain
-Mark Twain: "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
-Aristophanes "satirized Athenian leaders" because of their "conduct in the Peloponnesian war"
-Political cartoons enjoyed by those in the 1800s (they were "illiterate")
-Political satire protected under the first amendment in the U.S. -Family Guy
-Saturday Night Live (political debates)
-The Tonight Show with Jay Leno -China and The Daily Show: clips from April went viral
-The UK has their own political satire journals, TV shows ("The Thick of It" - satirizes the British government)
-In The Australian (newspaper): Political satire has never been more important, promotes creativity and thinking http://www.examiner.com/article/importance-of-political-satire
http://news.psu.edu/story/141311/2008/06/20/research/probing-question-how-old-political-satire http://satiricalpolitical.com/ http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1065&context=srhonorsprog&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dcriticism%2520of%2520political%2520satire%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D1%26ved%3D0CC0QFjAA%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fdigitalcommons.uri.edu%252Fcgi%252Fviewcontent.cgi%253Farticle%253D1065%2526context%253Dsrhonorsprog%26ei%3DbzeJUfunFITM9QS5k4DwDw%26usg%3DAFQjCNE4DNR0LMv6kCt-bz5u0QlzhruriA#search=%22criticism%20political%20satire%22 http://gocl.me/QbVRBv
"A new poll shows that only one out of four people approve of the job President Bush is doing. One out of four. That means, when he's having dinner with his wife and two daughters, he's the only one at the table who thinks he's doing a good job." --Jay Leno http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/04/12/is-political-satire-rising-in-china/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qgrd http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/polling/political-satire-keeps-your-wits-about-you/story-fn5asavh-1225898705510 Pakistan: a Pakistani pop band "Beygairat Brigade" used satire in the song "Aalu Anday" to attack their government (translates to "Eggs and Potatoes," a meal eaten without meat) http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/12/2011127161512373799.html Japan: Hikari Ota "Japan's closest thing to Jon Stewart." Has a show called "Hikari Ota: If I Become Prime Minister" quotes: "Even though I’m doing this kind of show, some say politics is not an area that comedians should step into. But I wouldn’t say that. Comedians should even make fun of politics.” http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/12/world/asia/12ota.html?pagewanted=all Naneun Ggomsuda ("I'm A Petty Minded Creep"): popular South Korean political satire podcast. Even made it to the UK! http://londonkoreanlinks.net/2012/05/12/naneun-ggomsuda-comes-to-the-uk/ -touch topics on social issues like marriage equality, news reports like CNN and Fox News (The Daily Show/The Colbert Report use Fox News a lot), Republicans versus Democrats (bipartisanship), elections, disasters, health care (Obamacare vs medicare, for example); everything in politics

-Books: Animal Farm (ridicule of totalitarian government, Russia)
-Plays: The Crucible by Arthur Miller (using the Salem Witch Trials to satirize the Red Scare/fear of communism amongst Americans)

Michael Moore: satirist, creates movies (Bowling for Columbine/Roger and Me), television series (TV Nation), and writes books (Stupid White Men) as tools for satire http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/3585286/Satire-weapon-of-choice-in-the-gun-debate.html Jay Leno "A new campaign video by Barack Obama implies that Mitt Romney would not have killed Osama bin Laden if he had been president. Today Romney shot back. He said not only would he have killed bin Laden, he would have strapped him to the roof of his car and taken him on vacation with him as well."
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