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BLOG 5: Political Blogs, or How Humor Controls the Internet

Eerily reminiscent to my consumption of general political information, blogs rarely catch my interest unless they utilize some sort of satire or humor in order to get their point across. Heavy preference toward liberal blogs aside, I find using humor is extremely effective in not only getting your point across, but getting me to read your blog too.

Granted, the only real “blog” that I follow on a somewhat regular basis is The Onion, although since The Onion is more satire than actual, real news, it probably doesn’t count. That being said, three blogs I have since stumbled on have been The Politician Strip, Democralypse Now, and True/Slant.

Each of these blogs fulfill my special, political satire quota, albeit in different ways.

The Politician Strip, apart from being extremely witty and funny in the most intelligent of ways, is a blog based completely around a comic strip about a corrupt politician. The graphics are more than welcome for the College-Student-With-Serious-Attention-Deficits, but the blog would definitely be enhanced with some commentary or even context.

Democralypse Now is a bit like Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart if they merged into one being with the Onion, were given angry picket signs, and wore dangerously high red stilettos.

When not granting sleazy mega corporations the same rights, privileges, and fabulous new ability to donate as much cold, hard cash to political campaigns as your average Snuggie-wearing schlub on the sofa stuffing Pringles in his mouth, the Supreme Court is busy doing other vital things, like coming thisclose to unanimously ruling in favor of the right of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church to shriek outside gay soldiers’ funerals with signs that say “God Hates Fags” and “AIDS Cures Fags” because of like freedom of speech or whatever.

It would have been unanimous, if not for the lone dissent of fearless, temper tantrum-throwing Justice Samuel Alito, who never misses a chance to disrupt a State of the Union address by NObama, or give the government more power over individual liberties, including the freedom to spew vile, racist shit at grieving loved ones of slain soldiers or innocent Muslim families and their children en route to charity events.

Her use of satire and unique, strong political voice is refreshing and more than entertaining to read; especially as someone who leans the same way. She breaks up her texts with great, relevant images that are often humorous enough to complement her blog post without distracting from her main points.

She is a little over-the-top, admittedly. I think there’s a fine balance between blogging with a very firm, stated bias and becoming so exaggerated and overly satirical that it detracts from the main point or argument you’re trying to make, and DN does this enough to make me wince from time to time.

Although discontinued, True/Slant combines the best of both worlds. Matt Taibbi uses quick wit and a personal touch to comment on the state of the union, but he does it in a manner that’s readable; at least by adding a bit of analysis here and there that accentuates his satire.

The great thing about flattery is a) you can’t overdo it as hard as you try, and b) it doesn’t pin you down to messy political positions, controversies, things you can be harassed about by Chris Matthews and other press weasels.

It’s basically a risk-free strategy. You get up on stage and you say, “I’m just like all you idiots. And you idiots rock!” People will fall for this stuff. The ingenious part in Sarah Palin’s case is that she probably genuinely believes it.

That’s the thing political blogs should remember–it’s not only about getting people to read or expressing your political opinions; it’s about providing some kind of analysis that might not be found elsewhere too! I’ll take that into consideration, but in the meantime, have another humorous comic strip! xoxo!

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  1. March 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great post. Really good formatting/organization. Tighter writing (keep pushing this).

    As I’ve said all along you’ve got a good voice for a blog. Keep it up.

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