POLITICALS A T I R E A N D H U M O R Marta Jo Sullivan
A significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics
PoliticalParodiesPRODUCE A HUMOROUSLY EXAGGERATED IMITATION OF POLITICS
Soft NewsProgramming News that does not deal with serious news or events
An illustration or comicstrip containing apolitical or social message PoliticalCartoons
Specific Areas Within Communication that PoliticalSatire and Humor is Used. Public Address Communication Theory Electronic Media Political Communication Mass CommunicationRhetorical Criticism Visual Communication
Political Satire is Important Because it…Relieves tension Blends both serious topics and humor Shows theflaws in political campaigns and government officials without providing a solution
CriticismsDOES POLITICAL SATIRE AND HUMOR EFFECT THE PERCEPTION OF THOSE WHO VIEW IT?
YES!Some studies suggest that exposure to soft news programs andother types of political satire can give the average person afalse sense of understanding of complex political issues
One study showed that exposureto Tina Fey’s impersonation ofSarah Palin; showed changes inattitudes towards the potentialVice President
&NO!Other studies have proven these claims to be false.Some studies found that the acts and presentationof the Vice President have very little to no effecton presidential voting of citizens
Presenter’s Choice Political Satire enhances political issues, but does not ultimately effect the voters choice in electing an official. The credentials a voter uses to choose a political official exist before satire even comes into play.