What Is Contemporary Satire

Satirical entertainment has continually evolved. Mostly being social commentary placed in the framework of humor that actively ridicules and exposes the weaknesses in humans, satire has adapted to the dynamic, ever changing vices that is human nature. Contemporary satire has evolved, displaying itself in a multitude of outlets. With vast technological advances, contemporary satire is no longer only present in books, and it no longer is proved as ineffective. Contemporary satire has inserted itself into many forms of entertainment, most notably television. A multitude of comedic television shows are satirical because the genre have become favorable and trendy, and this uprising is not accidental. The millennial generation, characterized as …show more content…
Most television shows have accommodated to millennials’ tastes, and when it comes to humor, satirical humor that both addresses and mocks social flaws has become the demand. No longer are books or short stories reserved for political and social satire, but so are news outlets. Programs such as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and Last Week Tonight all are platforms that consist of telling credible news in a satirical manner. Although satirical news series are not a new concept, they are resurging in popularity, and this form of satire is fearless, constantly crossing boundaries that could not have been crossed as easily just decades ago. These networks profit off of their viewership, and in order to gain the attention of the prospective millennial generation they must adhere to their sense of humor. An example of a news outlets satirical mannerisms are the interviews on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. On the show, Jordan Klepper conducted real interviews with Trump supporters, using mockingly serious questions and interview tactics to show the absurdity in people’s answers, which in turn showed the absurdity in Donald Trump’s platform while he ran for presidency. While it was hilarious, the underlying issues were unmistakingly present. Many of his supporters were racist, …show more content…
Race has become a frenzied topic of discussion, especially now, and satirical television series have capitalized on this. Just recently Saturday Night Live was hosted by Dave Chappelle, and in his monologue naturally he brought up race. He made a jab about police brutality, and although he got plenty of laughs and applauds, the joke brought up a serious topic that is troubling many Americans and received an abundance of news coverage. Although the issue tends to be a very sensitive topic that constantly sparks debate, Saturday Night Live consistently makes race related jokes that reveal truth in many racist aspects of society, even if those aspects aren’t as overt as others. Although Saturday Night Live’s viewership has gone down (Kurtleblen U.S. News), it still holds weight amongst society, especially this year 's’ election, where many of its skits have risen in notoriety. Racism has become a popular phenomenon capitalized by satirical television series, and although the topic is a serious one, the fact that so many people in society are comfortable, and if not welcoming to this sense of humor shows an interesting aspect in a society that is so comfortable with making light of serious social

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