The Satire Paradox Response:
- The satire paradox is an interesting phenomenon that describes that although satires look to make fun of of a situation or candidate and how unqualified they are, the humor actually takes the human mind away from thinking critically about the problem or how unqualified someone is and is just focused on the humor or the punchline. Sarah Palin is a great example of this because Tina Fey would make fun of her accent and make jokes about Alaska, but that wasn’t really the problem, the problem was that she was unqualified. Also, the crowd is focused on the humor of the satire and not that she is actually unqualified.
- This was very interesting to hear, because I always thought that comedians used satire to make fun of candidates for office, usually by making fun of something they said or did that would make them unqualified to be a president by common sense standards. But it is interesting to hear that satire can also take our minds away from critically thinking about the issue at hand its impact on our country to blanketing the problem with laughter and this notion that “everything is ok, we are laughing about it!” I used to think satire was effective in showing how candidates are unqualified, but now after this and thinking critically about the issue, I do not think satire was nearly as effective as I once thought. Oh Larry David makes fun of Bernie’s age or Alec Baldwin makes fun of Trump’s hand movements or that he hinted towards genitals at a debate, but people just think this is funny and people don’t critically think that this is a critical issue because humor can cover the seriousness up. I do think satire can bring to light the issues, but paradoxically, it covers up the severity of the issue with humor. Very very interesting to learn.