Political satire

Abalinx 13 April 2022

Politics in Australia has become free for all, with the public now being subjected all sorts of advertisements either in print, oral by electronic means.  In times gone by, print was king, followed by radio and the electronic age of social media.  

A conglomeration of visual, written and oral forms of communication all rolled into one. Short, sharp and distinct subliminal messages distributed to a society that have lost trust and faith in elected officials.  Officials who promise the world by spending trillions of dollars that have yet to be realised and placing future generations into debt. POLITICAL SATIRE AND CARTOONS

The youth of today ranging from 18 to 45 are fed up with promises, fibs, myths and pork barrelling.  This middle generation are the product of the Baby Boomers and they have had enough.  They have tested the paradigms of their parents and grandparents and want change.  This is why there are so many independents running for office.

Die hard and long-time Liberal, Labor and Green supporters are fed up with their own ideological parties and are very annoyed that they have no voice other than to vote against traditional political associations.  

Many years ago in my own party, I cautioned and advised our own members that there was a generational change coming and to give them a chance.  When the youth did try to make changes, they were attacked, hunted down and hounded from the party. 

In some cases, witch hunts were instigated and thousands of dollars spent in their attempts to remove the young generation trying to create change. This is happening as we speak in all political parties and the powers to be have failed to acknowledge them.

So what we see now is a change in how society is unravelling slowly the layers of untruths, fibs and myths and allowing Hope and the truth to emerge.  One of the tools being used to excavate these innocuous layers is satire. Cartoons in their simplest form can deliver powerful messages without the need for rhetoric.

Cartoons involving exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody are considered the four pillars of satire. As such, those political parties smart enough to realise this have a much better chance of delivering their political messages.

I borrowed the following from Internet sources to provide the reader with information relating to the subject of satirical Cartoons.  “Satire is an artistic form mainly literary and dramatic, in which human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule.  In other cases, derision, burlesque, parody, caricature, or other methods, sometimes with an intent to inspire social reform. For example, cartoons in today’s world is considered satire.

One of the earliest Greek records of satire can be traced to around 500 B.C. Early Greek satires (“Satyrs” or “Satiric dramas”) were in essence comedy plays, usually fairly bawdy, and often involved men dressed as Satyrs (clearly the root of the word Satiric).  Much of Roman culture was a development of their rich inheritance from the Greeks. But satire was a form the Romans could claim to have invented. The grandfather of Roman satire, Ennius, was also an important figure in early Roman literature more generally.

Satire is not a crime. Criminalising humour and critical commentary will stunt political discourse and chill civic engagement.” However, satire can also come under attack as defamation. The key distinction between satire and defamation is that satire is not meant to be believed by the audience. Satire is biting, critical, and designed to attack, often with malice. It is almost always false.”

Therefore, it is fair to say that those seeking political office need to have thick skins and to grin and bear it if they are the target of cartoons in their most satirical form.  Australians being a resilient mob are known to give and take and laughing at one’s self is part of our character and culture.  To take offence at satirical cartoons is un-Australian in my book.  Further to the above, I have taken the liberty of including a number of Cartoons created by Australia’s leading cartoonists. I do so acknowledge their good work in expressing what society is thinking and feeling without actually giving away how an individual will vote.

That’s all for now.  Have a great day, and as always, fight the good fight, never give up and stay strong always.

Peter Adamis is a (not for profit) Journalist/Commentator. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum.  He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News.  He holds a Bachelor   of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected]