My grandfather always remarked that political satire and political satire cartoons "makes people THINK."
That's even more applicable today - with #Occupy movement sweeping across the globe. To keep our sanity and perspective, political satire is a "relief valve" of sorts we can employ when the pressure of the day-to-day politial rhetoric gets to be just too damn much!
HIGHPOLITICALHERESY.COM will entertain you, enthrall you, engage you with selected articles!
From the website: “Bursting in like a bold philosopher from the Twilight Zone, High Political Heresy employs solid zoological, historical and scientific factoids as an unusual foundation for skewering Political Satire. This heretical website has been created for the free enjoyment of all who like to learn new interesting stuff about Nature, Science and History, and who are much more concerned about what our government is doing to us than for us. Tea-partiers and Reagan Republicans will (it is hoped) enthusiastically welcome this new website, but Liberals, Progressive Democrats, Al Gore supporters and Aggressive Feminists are advised to immediately flee at all costs, in order to avoid symptoms of physical distress which even Obama-care might not cure.” [MoRe]
Here's a piece I contributed to WikiPedia: “Political satire is a significant part of satire that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.
Political satire is usually distinguished from political protest or political dissent, as it does not necessarily carry an agenda nor seek to influence the political process. While occasionally it may, it more commonly aims simply to provide entertainment. By its very nature, it rarely offers a constructive view in itself; when it is used as part of protest or dissent, it tends to simply establish the error of matters rather than provide solutions.”
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