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Do comedians such as Bill Maher increase political strife and tension as an indirect result of their comedy acts?

  • Yes,they do increase tension

    Isn't that the purpose of his shows? To increase awareness to the masses. I don't think its causes too much of an uproar,but nevertheless its still stirring the pot. You should thank your lucky stars that we allow him to say things like he does.400 years ago he would have been hanged. I like him humor anyway.

  • increase political strife

    I personally disagree,Politics and politicians have always been extremely popular targets for comedians. No matter how straight faced they deliver their monologues and jabs, I do not believe they stand any chance at all of increasing political strife and tension. I doubt that most politicians care about what comedians say in their acts, or how they are portrayed.

  • Comedians do not increase political strife and tension

    As opposed to increasing political strife and tension as an indirect result of their comedy acts, comedians such as Bill Maher (or Jon Stewart) have the opportunity to present different viewpoints or unique positions on current events. While mainstream news outlets must remain "neutral" and present both sides of a story, comedians are able to take a realistic view, often presented in a tongue-in-cheek or humorous nature, on politics, politicians, and issues that affect every one of us, and sometimes we are able to analyze our positions in a different light as a result of their presentation.

  • Comedians do not harm the political issues.

    The political strife caused by differing opinions are not caused or increased by a comedian's take on the news. If anything, comedians alleviate the tension between rivaling parties, offering a funny perspective or even another take on a complex problem. A perspective of comedy can bring up new ideas or create levity on negative emotions on the subject.

  • No, I do not believe there is a comedian alive who could have an effect on politics.

    Politics and politicians have always been extremely popular targets for comedians. No matter how straight faced they deliver their monologues and jabs, I do not believe they stand any chance at all of increasing political strife and tension. I doubt that most politicians care about what comedians say in their acts, or how they are portrayed.


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