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Have comedy-based shows helped Americans understand political issues better?

Asked by: humanshores
  • Yes, comedy shows have helped a lot of Americans understand politics.

    When political issues are presented in a humorous way, they are less likely to inflame people. When a group can laugh about politics they can think about it in a less emotionally destructive way. The Daily Show for instance, talks about serious political issues in a way that exposes their hypocrisy while at the same time having serious under tones that are informative to the viewer.

  • Yes, they have

    Comedy based shows haven't necessarily given Americans a fully accurate understanding of politics, but I think that, for those who do not concern themselves with learning any of the political issues on their own, they do provide a summary of current political issues with a simpler, humor based element which makes it easier to understand.

  • Yes, they have

    Comedy based shows haven't necessarily given Americans a fully accurate understanding of politics, but I think that, for those who do not concern themselves with learning any of the political issues on their own, they do provide a summary of current political issues with a simpler, humor based element which makes it easier to understand.

  • Comedy Shows Don't Help Americans Understand Politics

    Young Americans today seem to have a significant problem in differentiating comedy from real life. Comedians are not political experts, that is not their job, their job is simply to perform comedy, to make their audiences laugh. No one watching a show, such as the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, should believe themselves to understand a political issue, because their source of "information" is merely a comedian making a joke. Should a citizen wish to better understand political issues, that citizen ought to do actual research on the issues, rather than forming an opinion based on a comedian's jokes.


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