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Political Cartoons

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Carly Bubbers

on 27 January 2013

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Transcript of Political Cartoons

What is a political cartoon? Current events and issues A satirical comment (usually humorous and often a caricature) about a political person, event, institution or idea that reflects the cartoonist’s values or opinions. What are the key features of a poltical cartoon? Satire: where an artist exposes and denounces vice, folly and abuses to scorn and ridicule. Satire and Caricature The editorial cartoon is always related to some aspect of
current events and usually has a political focus.
Cartoons are usually very amusing and entertaining.
Often they deal with very serious issues. Current events and issues Every day in newspapers around Australia, people look at the editorial cartoon. The editorial cartoon is always related to some aspect of current events and usually has a political focus. Cartoons are usually very amusing and entertaining. Often they deal with very serious issues. It is mainly visual. There are words, but they are not essential to understand the cartoon. It has a serious message or meaning behind it. It shows a political knowledge/has a political theme It caricatures people rather than representing them in a realistic style It incorporates popular culture It makes fun of the people involved in the issue/topic It is humorous Caricature: a picture or description that ludicrously exaggerates the peculiarities or defects of people or things. Explanation of cartoon Here’s an example of a political cartoon drawn in late 2006 when the Australian Labor Party was about to elect a new leader.
'Head prefect' cartoon by David Pope, 2006
This cartoon is using people’s awareness of popular culture (Harry Potter) to make a point about the different Labor Party candidates for leadership.
It replicates an office sweep used for the Melbourne Cup. It uses some language we might associate with horse racing, namely ‘form’ (strengths) and ‘question mark’ (weaknesses.)
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