Analysis We Live In The Golden Age Of Satire

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1. Why do you think Gladwell claims that “We live in the golden age of satire?” Gladwell claims that “We live in the golden age of satire” because we live in a time where satire laces every aspect of society. It's everywhere. It's used in politics, the entertainment industry, and even between friends where it's masked as light-hearted humor. Modern society allows for satire to be popular because it allows us as a society to talk about serious topics in a way that's less awkward and easier to understand.

2. Why does satire “help the medicine go down easier?” Satire lets us mock things that otherwise wouldn’t be okay to. For example, it's a lot easier to talk about nitty gritty facts about childhood obesity when it's not straight up intimidating
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100” game mocks the prime minister and the choices he made that caused the death of 119 Israeli soldiers. It was a dark form of satire that would have have potentially triggered Israeli viewers. Death is a touchy subject, so this would’ve brought lots of emotion and controversy.

10. What seems to be Gladwell’s thesis about what makes satire most effective and valuable? Satire works most effectively and valuebly when the speaker has courage. None of the effects of satire come out when there’s no risk taken. Moreover, the message is weakened by the inability to speak with confidence. There needs to be that shock factor that comes into play, but there also needs to be the fire behind supporting it.

11. Do you think that political satire has the capability of uniting people who believe completely opposite things (like liberals and conservatives), or do you think satire is more likely to create a bigger divide? Explain why. Political satire creates a bigger divide between completely opposite things. Although everybody enjoys a good laugh, I want to come back to the idea that laughter doesn’t belong in political matters. Often times, satire creates questioning of whether people are laughing with or at each other. This ambiguity accentuates the differences between two groups of people and raises the question of whether or not people are friends or

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