Satire Paradox Prompts

Prompts for The Satire Paradox by Gladwell to be posted on your website, by Monday’s class:

FYI, Satire is defined as…

1) Talk about the argument being made in the podcast, in 2-4 sentences: what is ‘The Satire Paradox’ exactly? Further, and more specifically, how does Tina Fey’s portrayal of Sarah Palin illustrate this phenomenon?

2) Critically react to the argument of The Satire Paradox, in 4-6 sentences: After hearing from Gladwell, what does satire do to influence (or not influence) public/perspectives on political figures? Is satire effective in persuading opinions & critiquing individuals, or does satire miss the intended mark by only entertaining and watering down the true issues and figures being addressed?

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Author: Justin Detmers

Instructor & PhD Candidate in Teacher Education Michigan State University detmersj@msu.edu

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