Are programs like the Daily Show with Jon Stewart providing better access to news and current events than traditional news outlets? Why are we subjected to hours of reality TV that portray women as appearance-obsessed maniacs? And people of color are just in the media to fulfill stereotypes, right? Something is very wrong with this picture. But it does put a lot of fuel on the comedic fire…
Arm yourself with all the facts and figures you want, but sometimes the best way to tell a story or reveal the true nature of a situation is comedy. If done well, satirical takes on everything from politics to reality television are actually tools for change.
This panel is about having a few laughs, discussing comedy's role in social change, and talking about how humor can help us create policies that will lead to better media.
9th–13th March 2012