I posted last month about The Society Pages’ Roundtable entitled Laughter and the Political Landscape but realized I didn’t link to the Office Hours interview with Heather LaMarre. The interview is a great addition to the Roundtable because it addresses two main points that I think are crucial for using this in the classroom:
1. that political humor is not made or consumed exclusively by political liberals (11:15), and
2. she asks what effect this type of political humor may have on the way young people participate in politics? (17:52)
“The big question is going to be whether people under 30, since they’ve sort of grown up in this era of political satire and entertainment…are themselves as a generation developing a sense of humor about politics that’s good for democracy or a disgust about politics that’s bad for democracy? And that remains to be seen.”
What do your students think??