The Importance Of Satire

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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…
With millennials partially being the ideal demographic in most cases, the entertainment industry have modified itself to the demands of the millennial generation, and this surge of satirical entertainment undoubtedly shows the generation 's response to human nature and their society. This upsurge in satirical entertainment shows how millennials’ have harvested a ludicrous sense of satirical humor, and it is a direct reaction to their surroundings, and the current flaws in society. With rapid technological advancements that drastically altered social order, being mocked for hypersensitivity, and a lack of trust for social institutions, this sarcastic sense of humor is a nihilistic attempt to deal with significant social flaws that negatively affect all generations, but most notably the millennial; and although satire has been practiced for generations, it’s popularity has grown considerably as well as the need to look at social issues in a humorous light and diminish their seriousness. With modern satirical television shows ranging from credible news reports to absurd cartoons, satire has implemented itself into many forms of noteworthy entertainment, and the targeted audience of millennials is to …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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