Political Revolution

Letter on Satire | The Point

An essay on political satire by the editors of ‘The Point’ magazine…

You can joke all you want about politics. It’s healthy stress relief. It’s a form of activism. But here’s the question: Is the “other side” the justifiable butt of the joke, or might it be ourselves?

An essay on political satire by the editors of The Point magazine explores the humor of political self-awareness…


“…There will always be an appetite for comedy that tells its audience someone else is to blame. Traditionally, though, the higher honor has been given to another kind of humor: one where the most intractable adversary is ourselves…” ~ The Editors

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

4 Comments

  • JoAnn, I switched from Jimmy Kimmel to Stephen Colbert after the election because of Colbert’s no-holds-barred attacks on the new White House’s shenanigans. More than once while watching and laughing, I’ve thought that all the jokes solve nothing. They don’t/can’t really stop the madness. They just keep us informed. Perhaps we, the people, should become the butt of the jokes, as this interview suggests, so that we won’t make the same mistakes again. Elections are looming. If we perceive ourselves as the joke, maybe more of us will be mindful of how our votes can offset some of the madness. Laughter is good, but action is better. Great selection, today. Thanks!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience and insight on late-night political satire. I’ve cut back watching the shows, too. Repetitious, and Trump is too easy a target.

      Yes. Change comes from the bottom up, so the joke is truly on us if we don’t own the problems and issues.