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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Of course it can. Nearly everything they say cracks me up.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Absolutely. Although I would say that the only subtype of humor that is effective as a means of political communication is wit (Satire is a type of wit. Think of "humor" as the family, "wit" as the genus, and "satire" as a species creating the organism of Witticum satiricalus).

    Other branches of humor appeal to the base characteristics of their audience. For humorous political commentary to have any value, it must stem from intelligence as well as appeal to the intellect. The various branches of wit are the only forms of humor that do this.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    Curious what these jokes were? I either missed them or brused them off?
    Thanks in advance
    One solid example came to my mind when I wrote that. . . .but of course Obama's not the only one to commit such jokes.

    Obama, during a speech some time ago he made a joke . . .something like "The government has no interest in taking over the private sector . . . I have two wars to deal with already, I can't handle anything more"
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    They're independent variables. For every Jon Stewart out there, there's an Al Franken.

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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    One solid example came to my mind when I wrote that. . . .but of course Obama's not the only one to commit such jokes.

    Obama, during a speech some time ago he made a joke . . .something like "The government has no interest in taking over the private sector . . . I have two wars to deal with already, I can't handle anything more"
    I guess id have to hear it or see it on video because im not reading the joke nor see anything wrong. But written word is always hard to judge emotion of.

    Any others?
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    It seems that the subject of Jon Stewart is the subject of some discussion in these forums right now. Some people have trouble with the idea of a comedian being an effective commentator.

    So I will pose the question:
    Can humor be an effective means of political communication?
    I think it can be when used as an attention grabber instead of the entire thrust of the commentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    It seems that the subject of Jon Stewart is the subject of some discussion in these forums right now. Some people have trouble with the idea of a comedian being an effective commentator.

    So I will pose the question:
    Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Before someone asks: Effective in terms of communicating a political idea based on logic and fact. Or is there a problem with this means of communication where these things are lost or distorted?

    Also, I encourage people to think outside the case of Jon Stewart. One famous example would be A Modest Proposal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I answered yes to the poll question. However, as for Jon Stewart? I can't tolerate his schtick long enough to get to the laugh track. I've never made it through even one segment without changing the channel.

    There's a long list of supposed comedians who I treat the same way. Some for political reasons, some because I just can't stand them and others for a combination of the two (example; Stewart)

    Roseanne Barr
    Babs
    Robin Williams
    Raymond Romano
    David Letterman
    Jerry Steinfeld
    Margaret Cho
    Bill Cosby (actually on the fence with Cosby)
    There are others, I'm sure.

    Then there are comedians that are so funny or seemingly harmless,... I don't care what their politics are.

    Bill Murray
    Johnathan Winters
    Jom carey (another on the fence)
    Melissa Peterman
    Pen and Tellar
    Carrot Top
    Will Farrell
    Courtney Thorne Smith
    Patricia Heaten
    Peter Boyle
    And many more.

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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    What is it with you and rutabagas?

    Or for that matter what is it with you and misspelling rutabaga?


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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    What is it with you and rutabagas?

    Or for that matter what is it with you and misspelling rutabaga?
    rutabaga rutabaga.

    It makes me laugh my ass off everytime I see the word. There's a show on the BBC (or use to be on the BBC) called 'most haunted' or something - 'ghost hunters' and a video crew would go around old castles and stuff, finding ghostly things. One of the ghost-hunters was suppose to be 'sensetive' (some old guy with white hair, can't remember his name) - and one time he was supposedly possessed and all he said was 'rutabaga, rutabaga'

    I guess id have to hear it or see it on video because im not reading the joke nor see anything wrong. But written word is always hard to judge emotion of.

    Any others?
    Obama's repeated similar jokes, always along the same line - I know he's not trying to BE offensive but it is to me. . . to each their own sensitivity. . .I don't like him in general so that probably skews my view. I haven't watched a speech of his in a long time - I'm not compelled, I read the scripts and thus nix my emotional flips.

    I didn't like Bush's casual "now watch this swing" crap that he said/did forever ago, either.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    What is it with you and rutabagas?

    Or for that matter what is it with you and misspelling rutabaga?
    Its an inside joke

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