The Philosophers' Magazine 64:54-59 (2014)

Greg Littmann
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
This chapter examines the ethics of political comedy as exemplified by The Daily Show, investigating the issue of when, if ever, it is appropriate to use comedy as a political tool. It is argued that mockery may be useful as a way to keep political issues on people's minds, though it becomes dangerous when used as a substitute for reason.
Keywords mockery  political mockery
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