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Trump is a Joke: Why Satire Makes Sense When Politics Doesn't

Presented by Sophia McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature and International Affairs
When Feb 20, 2018
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 302 Pond Lab
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The election of 2016 was a paradigm change for U.S. politics. We elected a president who had more experience on reality TV than he did in politics, we watched fake news and social media radically influence voters, and we learned more about current events from comedians than we did from the mainstream media.
Trump is a Joke asks why satire is better at exposing the absurdity of Trump than straight news and it wonders whether the increasing power of satire is healthy for our democracy.
While satire has been playing a larger and larger role in shaping public debate since 9/11, the Trump presidency ushered in a new era where comedians have been increasingly successful in helping us understand serious issues. From John Oliver to Stephen Colbert, from Samantha Bee to Seth Meyers, from Alec Baldwin to Melissa McCarthy, a wide range of satirists have worked to rescue the America public from the insanity of the Trump era.
Trump is a Joke explains why political satire is on the rise and why its wit is keeping us sane.
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