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When political satire becomes political reality.

Political satire is as old as politics itself. Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.

But where are the limits of satire?Those include vanity, racism, bigotry, hateful messages, porn, and maybe a few others I’ve forgotten. The impact of satire on contemporary society was recently emphasized with the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The events raise important questions: what is satire’s role in society today, how has it changed, and how will it continue to change?

We love poking fun at the powers that be. With the coming of the internet a tsunami of homemade political satire, caricatures of political figures and homemade infographics ranging from the bizarrely biased to the outrageously inflammatory has hit us like a whirlwind. For the sheer fun of it we have been collecting these memes, caricatures and political satire pieces from around the world.

The comic playwright Aristophanes was ridiculing Athenian leaders more than 2,000 years ago in Greece. Political satire is ridicule dedicated to exposing the difference between appearance and reality in public life. The justification for this mockery, going back to Aristotle, is that by holding bad behavior up to ridicule we might, as it were, “laugh folly out of existence.” Syllogistically, a la Aristotle, it might be put something like this:

1) Politicians behaving badly will be mocked.

2) Politicians don’t like to be mocked.

3) Politicians will stop behaving badly.

The “Mother Goose” rhymes of the 1600s were veiled commentary on the social and political events of Tudor England. Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers, was known for his humorous writings that satirized political issues of the period.

While people can be imprisoned, or even put to death for political satire in some countries, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted in 1791, protects it as free speech.

After every failure by the political establishment, journalists, activists, concerned citizens, and media empires, I am pleased to announce that I have brought an end to the terror of Presidents Trump & Erdogan by utilizing the greatest power of all: Comedy.

How It is possible to defend the right to obscene and racist speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech? How it is still possible to approve of sacrilege without endorsing racism?

A lesser known work of satire is Molla Nasraddin, an Azerbaijani periodical that was read across the Muslim world in the early 1900s. Again, the publication caused widespread outrage because it implicitly attacked religious hypocrisy and corruption, and also supported educational reforms and women’s rights.

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Wiki:During Molla Nasreddin’s two and a half decade run, the country at the heart of its polemics and caricatures — Azerbaijan — changed hands and names three or four times. By 1920, the Soviets had invaded Baku; the quality of the magazine’s editorial and art-direction suffered considerably as it was forced to toe the Bolshevik party line. Only three issues came out in 1931 and shortly afterward it shut its doors for good. Its impact, however, is difficult to over-estimate. Molla Nasreddin offered inspiration to similar pamphleteers from the Balkans to Iran and Serbia. The Azeri newspaper Irshad coined the term “Molla Nasreddinism” to describe the ability to tell things as they are.

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— Imran Jattala (@ijattala) 22 mai 2017


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11 thoughts on “When political satire becomes political reality.”

    1. Thank you for your comment. Trump is a global joke. I really feel sorry for people who supported him as a candidate no-system. He even progressed the system through more stupidity. He is not the image we would like to see from the US. I think that the Russian hackers will have more temper tantrum videos: hope to see the real ones soon!

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      1. I shall accept your sympathy on the behalf of Trump supporters. They still think he’s great. Yes, I also look forward to the genuine temper tantrum scenes from Russian hackers – ha, ha! That’s really funny, Eyes. 🙂

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