Nothing’s Serious if Nothing’s Funny
For the first essay your task is to think critically about comedic (parodies or satires) and “straight” depictions of the current political situation. You will use a variety of skills covered in class—making inferences, analyzing media imagery, identifying audience and purpose, and understanding and articulating hidden assumptions.
Write an essay (1,500 words) that analyzes the intent of one instance of comedic political “coverage.” Describe the differences between a single instance of political comedy (use a political cartoon-please see attachment or a Saturday Night Live sketch-please check this video) and its “real life” equivalent moment or situation. Examine the explicit and implicit points the two versions make by determining their audiences and purposes, and by making inferences and judgments based on imagery and language.
- One outside print source of analysis of the real moment/situation (ethos check required—do the basic research on the author’s credentials, his or her apparent or stated biases, etc.)
- Cite all sources in MLA (and include a Works Cited page).
- MLA document format: (see handbook) typed, double-spaced, serif-font (Times New Roman or Cambria), 1” or 1.25” margins, name/# on header.
Also, you need to write an outline
Use one political meme to augment your points/claims about the differences between the so-called reality and cartoon, parody, or satire. Please note: will only be given to those whose papers meet the word count and could stand alone . If your paper lacks in either of these ways, I will look at the cartoon/meme paragraph as a necessary piece .