Photoshop for Democracy

I decided to take one the questions from this presentation to blog about.Do you think that the youth of American today has the ability to separate what is fact and what is fantasy from shows such as The Daily Show? I think this is a hard question to answer because The Daily Show or The Colbert Report really gives vital facts but it is in a satirical matter. Obviously the younger the viewer, the harder it may be for the facts and fantasy to be separated. If the viewer is able to separate the fact from fantasy (which I believe many can do) they will be able to gain vital political information. I think a bigger struggle with these programs is being able to understand the satire and to realize that these men are highly opinionated. The satire can easily cause someone to form opinions without identifying what their own opinions are. ┬áThese programs can definitely sway the youth’s opinions of politics.

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  1. I would have to disagree. In terms of The Daily Show, while Jon Stewart may have a clear political agenda, he presents the news in a satirical way by often juxtaposing mainstream material and his own. By showing the inaccuracies of the media, the audience receives political information but is able to form its own opinions on the two sides being represented. Information is not so much being thrown at viewers to believe, but rather being presented in a way that makes them think about what the mainstream has tried to force them to accept. I definitely agree that viewers must be able to distinguish which elements are purely comical, but most of the time real issues and politicians are critiqued, and often the original words/clips etc are posted and then satirized. By engaging the audience and comparing news to force a discussion, viewers are more likely to learn and form individual opinions from The Daily Show than to simply accept what mass media sources tell them.

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