Political Satire

  1. The satire paradox is the idea that comedians use “a comic pretense” in order to attempt to land a massive blow in relativity to today’s political or societal issues. Unfortunately, the idea of a satire paradox, is often lost in comedy in today’s society, with television shows like Saturday Night Live focusing more heavily on the idea of being funny rather than the idea of actually informing citizens about in an issue in a comedic way. Tina Fey’s take on Sarah Palin is a perfect example of this, as in the podcast, Malcolm Gladwell asks listeners what they remember most from the 2008 election… Tina Fey or the actual Sarah Palin? Most listeners, like myself would agree that they remember Tina Fey and her historical line: “I can see Russia from my house”, than something the actual Sarah Palin said.
  2. According to Gladwell, political satire such as that of Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, does not work, because Tina Fey “is too busy being funny”. Instead of influencing people to focus on the actual issues, the political satire has instead coerced Americans and viewers of SNL, to focus on the way Sarah Palin talks, forms her words, and her lack of experience to run for a presidential position. Heather Lamar says in the podcast that Americans are “thinking about the nature of the comedy, instead of whether the comedy has truth”. The ideas that political satires are portraying are often ambiguous instead of being clear. I don’t feel that political satire helps to persuade opinions, but instead allows America to laugh at whom they have elected as a presidential candidate, based on the way that they talk or dress. Political satires in the United States tend to water the issues down, and instead focus on forming a comedic character, and mock the candidate, instead of focusing on the issues at hand.

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