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

    Someone start a thread and we can all post our own original political humor. Someone write clear guidelines. It'll be kinda fun some of us could use a break
    from the trenches and the small skirmishes we get into with each other, out here on the warring fields of self opinionated hyperbol. Thanks blarset

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

    Good humour can help in any situation but after that the serious business needs to be done.
    George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."

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

    My vote is for Other/Rootabega. I think humor can be effective, but depending on the humor it can be seen as arrogant or offensive. An example would be Republicans making fun of Democrat policies and using humor as their criticism (like Socialism/birther humor). Same for Democrats and the Obama administration making humor towards the Republicans (Turning the BFD into humor or mocking conservatives/Republicans with humor). Humor can be effective, but it should be acceptable. I think dry jokes un-related to politics is good, it shows that the politicians may actually have a soul somewhere inside.

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

    Will Rogers The republicans got a plan and the democrats got a plan. I also got a plan- NO NEW PLANS.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by b.larset View Post
    Will Rogers The republicans got a plan and the democrats got a plan. I also got a plan- NO NEW PLANS.
    Actually, we've probably had too many new plans already, we might have to back up a few plans...but that might not have been the case in the days of Will Rogers.

    Or actually come up with a truly new plan, not just a rehash of an old one with a new cover...
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    Good humour can help in any situation but after that the serious business needs to be done.
    Whos serious business? MINE? YOURS? See Alexa thats exactly what I talked about in my post... "Warring personal passions of our value sytems"....-
    That cause us to scream out at the top of our opinions : making our views known and loved for everyone to wear, even if he or she does'nt wanna.
    I think maybe we should understand the need to step back and laugh at ourselves with someone for there benefit solely to give them pleasure and take refuge in a moment unbiased with our own experiences and that of our prefered values. Give laughter to your ideas and liven them with a fit of absurdity and above all Alexa, share them with us.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by b.larset View Post
    Whos serious business? MINE? YOURS? See Alexa thats exactly what I talked about in my post... "Warring personal passions of our value sytems"....-
    That cause us to scream out at the top of our opinions : making our views known and loved for everyone to wear, even if he or she does'nt wanna.
    I think maybe we should understand the need to step back and laugh at ourselves with someone for there benefit solely to give them pleasure and take refuge in a moment unbiased with our own experiences and that of our prefered values. Give laughter to your ideas and liven them with a fit of absurdity and above all Alexa, share them with us.
    I find that in difficult situations humour laced with empathy can reduce tension. It can let the other know that you understand their position. In that way good humour can break the ice.

    Given that we are talking about politics and politics is always serious for those involved, that is the serious business, though as I said it can be good in any difficult situation.

    It does however only work when it is genuine. Too few politicians have this ability.
    George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."

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

    I appreaciate your post. Thanks.

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