Chapter 6. Political satire dies last

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The present study reinforces the claim that humour can hardly work as a corrective for poor political behaviour and cannot inspire reform. Subsequently, it can merely function as a medium for protest and critique, which are incontestable inherent elements for a democratic society. Therefore, the study would like to bring forth the role of political satire in the media, which can be overtly or covertly expressed, and argue that its disappearance is dangerous, potentially leading to lack of public participation and political apathy, which, in turn, could erode the democratic health of a fairly young post-Communist society, such as Romania. The data under analysis is extracted from an original Romanian satirical animated cartoon sitcom The Animated Planet Show.


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