Satire and Politics, A Match Made in Heaven

Following on from my pervious blog post, I’ve decided to continue my research for my major work into satire and politics.

I have already discussed the history of fake news and how it has spread to satire, but a little into how other avenues have gotten there. Such as digital media’s role in satire today.

 

Without the use of Twitter Donald Trump’s words of opinion would not be nearly as circulated. Twitter first came into use in 2006, Donald Trump first tweet was in 2009 promoting himself of course. 2016 and 2017 during the Presidential campaign and after his election win, Trump’s tweets have become more erratic over time, siting much of Western media a fake news. Those these tweets are merely adding more sticks to the fire as Trump single handily manages to inspire plenty of material for satire.

 

Personally my favourite tweets of Trumps are where he makes absolutely no sense.

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America under Trump is depicted as being a dark, dystopian place, much like the corporate America where ‘Flight Club’ takes place. The film is incredibly effective in conveying its messages about society and the hold consumerism has on it by using close ups of violence and gore. Not always an easy film to watch it remains a favourite from its time as it pushed the boundaries for art and cinema.

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 Banksy is another artist I’m looking at who combines art with satire especially well. Banksy is effective in that no one knows who he is, the anonymous nature of his works makes them more powerful. His known agenda or politic views don’t interrupt the interpretations of the works in public.

 

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Satire in art is important. Especially with how news is being developed today. Citizen journalism is ever growing and so satire and opinions often circulate about trending news topics. Especially for politics. When Trump was elected satire and fake news grew. Something that started in 6AD to stop a politician’s popularity. Fake news continued on into England and France for the centuries to follow.

 

How fake news is presented has changed from pieces of paper being stuck up in the town square to people making Tweets about the latest political fail. But it still remains for the same reason. To create humour often in times of political turmoil.

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