Published 02/16/11

Satire? No worries

There is no need to fear "the increasing centrality of satire and irony, whether in the mushrooming world of parodic news or in the specter of pranksters offering fake press releases on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce," Assistant Professor Amber Day writes in her commentary for the Huffington Post.

Rather than signaling a cynical distrust of politics and a lack of real engagement, Day says, the rise of this earnest form of irony and satire signals that "professional entertainers, political activists, and average citizens are responding to the political discourse around them" in order to "make forceful political claims and to advocate action in the search for solutions to real problems."

Day, who teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of the new book Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate.