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Political Cartoons of the Week

Political Cartoons of the Week | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A roundup of the week's best political cartoons, featuring recent cartoons by 10 Pulitzer Prize winners and other top political cartoonists around the country.
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you just gotta laugh.

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Top 10 Political Comedians

Top 10 Political Comedians | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Top 10 Political Comedians - Check out this list of the 10 best political stand-up comedians, from Bill Maher to Dennis Miller.

 

It might seem like political comedians have an easy job -- to take shots at leaders and bureaucrats for whom the public at large already have a healthy dose of cynical mistrust. But the best political comedians do more than take shots; they shape the discussion and become part of the process through the act of telling jokes. They can be more than simple commentators; they can be voices. Funny, funny voices.

Though the majority of political comedians do tend to lean left, there are those who speak to conservatives and others who elect not to choose sides. All are represented here, in varying numbers and degrees.

Sharrock's insight:

More celebrity comedians should be involved with social media influencing. Comedians as a profession have repeatedly clarified complex issues: politics, social customs/tendencies, business environments, competition, etc. We laugh because something said was devastatingly true or emotionally accurate. Also, Conan is a manager. He makes decisions under high-stress situations. He has to interact with writers, his producer(s), network executives. He's not on the "outside" looking in. He's just able to make money for his tv network, keep people employed, entertain an audience, while keeping his sense of humor.


But political comedians already influence us. We know Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury), Scott Adams (Dilbert), Bill Maher, and others listed here http://comedians.about.com/od/top10lists/tp/top10politicalcomedians.htm. There are others who are not listed at that link. Some of their influence only works from their chosen medium, but some of those listed are exceptionally capable of off-the-cuff, live, intellectual contributions that either create the news or they make people take action. For example, how often does a manager or supervisor use Dilbert comic strip to avoid becoming one of the characters depicted there? How often does a comic quote get used?

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Sara Kate MacFarland's curator insight, February 14, 2014 9:47 PM

George Carlin is the king of cynicism...

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Top 13 Political Comedy Movies

Top 13 Political Comedy Movies | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The best political comedy movies of all time, including Dr. Strangelove, Wag the Dog, Election, Bulworth, and others.
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School leaders need to see these movies to put things into perspective. This should also inspire us to make our own list of favorite political comedies. 

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Too Soon? Too Late? Psychological Distance Matters When It Comes To Humor

Too Soon? Too Late? Psychological Distance Matters When It Comes To Humor | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Joking around can land us in hot water. Even the professionals often shoot themselves comedically in the foot.

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