A protestor expresses his feelings about the transparency of psychological operations
Humour has a special place in the repertoire of those exposing the mendacious nature of official narratives. With great influence often comes great pomposity so humour works to diminish the former by puncturing the latter. As Lance-Corporal Jones of Dad's Army was fond of saying: "They don't like it up 'em". A tonic for those who live outside the Matrix of official narratives, well aimed humour is a serious irritant to those who would keep everyone inside it.
- Full article: Satire
- Full article: Satire
Historically, satire has satisfied the popular need to debunk and ridicule the leading figures in politics, economy, religion and other prominent realms of power.
Reinforcing Power Structures
Humour can be used to reinforce existing stereotypes, underlying assumptions and enemy images, thus consolidating the power structure. Establishment talk show hosts or Hollywood movies have the ability to set the agenda for who to mock, often official enemies. The Overton window of acceptable opinions and Noam Chomsky/Ed Herman's 5 filters of Manufactured Consent applies not only journalists, but to comedians as well.
Humour is also used as a technique for controlled opposition, leading energy for political change into ineffectual channels (like the US two party system), nihilism (cynicism) and empty venting of frustrations.
Mindful of the serious nature of deep politics and the broad audience of this website, humour should be used with care here, and in accordance with the style guide. It does have a place and is an effective means to lighten the tone, provided that it does not promote enemy images and care is taken to minimise the chance that it is misunderstood.
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