Friday, April 14, 2017
Can Colbert defeat Twamp?
Hartmann interviews a Professor on the role of political comedy and satire in resisting unsavory leaders. She claims that satire encourages creative and critical thinking, whereas most news instills fear and shuts down such thinking. Hence the Twamps of the world use fear tactics and shun comedians. They also discuss if a leader can handle being satirized or not and what that means. It seems dictators can't handle it, Hitler even executing comedians. While Twamp hasn't gone to that extreme (yet), he doesn't take it well at all and tries to silence them in other ways, like demeaning them personally and instilling hate for them in his swamp creatures. Bottom line: comedy and satire are highly effective tools in battling dictators so let's use this weapon profusely in the resistance.