is a significant part of satire
that specializes in gaining entertainment from politics
; it has also been used with subversive intent where political speech
and dissent are forbidden by a regime, as a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden.
Political satire is usually distinguished from political protest
or political dissent
, as it does not necessarily carry an agenda nor seek to influence the political process. While occasionally it may, it more commonly aims simply to provide entertainment. By its very nature, it rarely offers a constructive view in itself; when it is used as part of protest or dissent, it tends to simply establish the error of matters rather than provide solutions.
Origins and genres
<!-- Image with inadequate rationale removed: -->Satire can be traced back throughout history; wherever organized government
has existed, so has satire.
The oldest example that has survived till today is Aristophanes
. The Roman period, for example, gives us the satirical poems and epigrams of Martial
while some social satire exists in the writings of Paul of Tarsus
in the New Testament
of the Bible
philosophers often engaged in political satire.
Due to lack of political freedom of speech in many ancient civilizations, covert satire
is more usual than overt satire in ancient literatures of political liberalism
. Historically, the public opinion
in the Athenian democracy
was remarkably influenced by the ... Read More