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Top 10 Political Comedians

Top 10 Political Comedians | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor |
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 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?

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

George Carlin is the king of cynicism...

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How to Think for Yourself and Question Authority

How to Think for Yourself and Question Authority | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor |
The mantra "think for yourself and question authority" speaks to a simple truth, which is: society isn't always right, and you have to trust your own heart and mind at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else thinks.
Sharrock's insight:

from the article: 


Always be willing to step back and reflect on what you are told from others. Is what they say true? Do they use evidence and logic to back-up what they say, or are they just trying to win you over with emotions? Are there other possible ways of looking at the situation?


Consume information from as many different sources as possible. The more different kinds of thinking you expose yourself to, the easier it is to find what you think makes the most sense. If you are only exposed to one viewpoint, then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to think outside of that limited perspective.


Challenge your current beliefs. There’s a good chance that many of the beliefs you already have are influenced by society and your upbringing. Make sure you question your own thoughts and assumptions, you may have learned them at an early age when you weren’t fully capable of thinking for yourself yet.


Stay “cognitively flexible.” No matter where you are in life, you’re never going to have all the answers. Make sure that you are always open to new information and willing to admit it when you’re wrong. Thinking for yourself means putting in the work to keep your brain sharp and updated, not just choosing your own beliefs, stubbornly clinging to them, and then never questioning them again.


Write your thoughts in a journal/blog/diary. I personally find that spending a little time each day (or week) writing down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences to be a great way of introspecting on your own mind, becoming more familiar with your thought processes, finding potential flaws in your thinking, and making changes in your thinking so that it better serves you and your goals.

These are guidelines on how you should approach thinking, but it’s really up to you to take responsibility over your own thoughts at the end of the day.

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