The Role of Satire – University Series 3

  • The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticise people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues…

I am not going to lie, satire is something I notice, I enjoy seeing but ask me to define it and talk solely about it is not easy. I have always had that problem, understanding something fully but never being able to explain it in my own words.

So todays post is about the role of satire. Wish me luck.

Ian Hislop said it best ““The best advice was given to me by my predecessor Richard Ingrams – you should make people laugh at what they know and then tell them what they don’t know. Jokes and Journalism, the Eye’s basic pillars.”

Saturday Night Live, an American show that desperately needs to make its way across the sea to give the UK citizens some relief during the current national tragedy they call Brexit. In my opinion this is all Theresa May’s idea of trying to look like a confident prime minister by implementing anything to look like she has had an “impact” but all she is really doing is making a mess of this country. Interestingly enough many citizens look towards shows that use a bit of satire for their source of news. I for one find it a lot easier to take in when there is a bit of added sarcasm and humour.

Satire brings some light in the dullness, breaks the silence on conversations people are wary to approach and speaks truths in between the jokes. It is informative yet not overwhelming. It makes sense that publications such as the “Private Eye” are still in publication and are doing well for themselves. The role of Satire is for entertainment however as it has become increasingly popular

Not all news is serious and so satirical writing has a role in journalism. Even when the news can be more serious it works when used to agree with the majority. For example, making fun out of Donald Trump fits with the majority of people’s views. However, when it comes to war, conflicting views and matters that aren’t as easy to have an obvious side on then satire, in my opinion, should not be included. As they say, there is a time and a place for everything.

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