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    Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    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 [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Modest_Proposal[/ame]
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Well Palin communicates well with her constituency and she's a joke... or is that just stupidity she communicates and not humor?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Well Palin communicates well with her constituency and she's a joke... or is that just stupidity she communicates and not humor?
    I was referring to intentional humor.

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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?

    Before someone asks: Effective in terms of communicating a political idea that is based on fact and rational thought.
    of course it can, comedy can be effective form of communication PERIOD. The topic doesnt matter. Teachers, coaches, parents etc etc etc

    anybody who doubts this doesnt understand communication.

    now if people want to argue over whether the comedy and satire is "clearly" implied im fine with that and we can debate that all day but John Stewart wouldnt be the model for that because he clearly admits he is a comedian delivery opinions and and current events and is quoted as saying anybody that ONLY gets there news from him he feels bad for. Good models for people that are entertainment and use comedy but try to hide it our dont clearly admit it are rush, hannity, beck etc.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    It can do as much good as it can bad.

    It's a great way to bring people to listen to you, to loosen up the nerves and relax the tense.

    But some ways it's unacceptable. . . Obama is funny, but he makes jokes about a lot of the wrong things and turns out doing nothing but offending people - even his OWN supporters.

    Serious issues should never be joked about, especially things like the War in politics.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Serious issues should never be joked about, especially things like the War in politics.
    I am going to have to agree with you on the war example since I cannot think of a good joke that involved that subject ever.

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

    I've heard some good Holocaust jokes in my time...

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

    I've laughed at some seriously screwed up jokes - Henry Rollins, George Carlin, Ralphie Maye are just a few of the comedians who can get away with being horrible without being wretched. But none of those jokes should ever be told by a President, Senator or Representative. . . especially in a speech on stage.
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    Re: Can humor be an effective means of political communication?

    Will rogers .

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    It can do as much good as it can bad.

    It's a great way to bring people to listen to you, to loosen up the nerves and relax the tense.

    But some ways it's unacceptable. . . Obama is funny, but he makes jokes about a lot of the wrong things and turns out doing nothing but offending people - even his OWN supporters.

    Serious issues should never be joked about, especially things like the War in politics.
    Curious what these jokes were? I either missed them or brused them off?
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