Political satire is an implied freedom enumerated in the first amendment of the Constitution. As a form of political speech, it falls under the category of the most protected form of expression. Now that I’ve got your attention, I can go ahead with the rest of my project. This is a journalistic study of the people who used their freedom of speech to openly criticize the government. More specifically, it’s about the people who openly criticized the government and then became famous for it. Of course, there’s many ways to criticize, many platforms, many audiences, many influences as well.
What my project sets out to do is to sort out the various aspects of American political satire; dividing this form of humor into six subsets; famous quotes, the early 20th century, stand-up comedy, television, music and the web. I carry this out through a series of TV packages, emulating a news reporter who does a series of enterprise stories on the same subject. Creating these arbitrary subdivisions allowed me to classify and organize my project so that it could come across as a cogent argument. This made more sense to me than doing a series of stories on my favorite aspects of political satire, or even worse, a 40-page paper. Clearly defining my focus was instrumental in making this project palatable to put together, and hopefully enjoyable for the viewer.