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THB that Political Satire Does More Harm than Good

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THB that Political Satire Does More Harm than Good


This week the Hist turns its attention to the World of Political Satire with ‘THB Political Satire Does More Harm Than Good’.

Satire is all around us, how many of us get our world and political NEWS updates from watching John Oliver or Jon Stewart each week? Sure they’re great and entertaining but are they really the best way for us to know what’s happening in the world? We guess you might argue that the only way to be informed now days and not end up miserable is through humour, but maybe we should really be taking everything more seriously? Could it be said that we have left too much power in the hands of satirists, cartoonists and memes? Would it be possible for Trump to have been elected without the enormous amount of coverage on he received on our facebook feed through memes? Maybe Hillary lost points because of too many cartoons about ‘crooked Hilary’ (or maybe she was crooked, can’t trust anyone nowadays)

Taking the other angle, does satire help bring to light the hidden and ignored things we would otherwise miss? Perhaps we’re really the most informed generation of voters with our unlimited access to satire? Should the old fashioned NEWS stations be subject to competition from the clickbait satirical Waterford Whispers? Does it hold them to account or does it force them to forgone NEWS for funny headlines?

Come along this Wednesday for an exciting debate full of all opinions and more. The debate starts at 7.30pm but come along to the Hist conversation from 6.30pm for fun, snacks and drinks at our R&L. Hang around after for an even more lavish reception followed by a trip to the Longstone!

And that’s not all! This week is in conjunction with the Trinity Politics Society. Polsoc are politically neutral and aim to encourage discussion about different political opinions. They invite guests from various parties, ranging from the Greens to UKIP, to speak, debate, and answer students questions. Highlights from this year include: the Kilkenny economics festival, the Battle of the Parties debate and their weekly hangout for chats, Caffeinated Conversations, in House 6 (on Thursdays 1-3pm if you’re interested!). Highlights to come include: a Brexit Panel discussion, tour of the Dail, trip to Belfast and of course the Hist-Pol Soc debate!

If you care to sign up to Politics Society, and we really recommend you do, they will, as will the Hist, be taking membership on the door of the debate!



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