Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch
cbertsch

Seriously Ironic?

I had a grand time watching this micro-musical, which plays so deftly off of the Broadway tradition in presenting its story arc:
See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
I wonder, though, what the political purpose of this collaboration is and, further, whether it has any hope of achieving it. Is this merely an example of singing to the converted? Or did its creators believe that it might function to educate through irony, as many claim the shows of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have? Most of the students I teach would laugh along with me if I showed them this video. But that doesn't meant that they would automatically share my views on the subject. On the contrary, it seems increasingly clear to me -- and this is why, as much as I enjoy programs like The Daily Show, I am wary of the idea that they are necessarily mind-opening -- that laughter these days can readily be elicited, not only from those who share the perspective of the humorist, but from people whose convictions align them with the demographics to be laughed at.
Tags: humor, media, politics
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