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The Place of Political Cartoons

Examine how the place of political cartoons has shifted in the context of the political landscape. Political cartoons used to be a huge part of news media. While publications like The New Yorker still publish political cartoons daily. They do not carry the same weight they did in the early twentieth century, for example. This can be largely attributed to the shift of consumer’s media focus away from newspapers. Do these cartoons still carry the same integrity and level of social criticism they once did?

  • Very interesting topic! I think it will be important to feature some specific examples in a sociohistorical context from the 20th century and present day to make it more tangible. It would probably also be necessary to write about Charlie Hebdo and the consequences that had on political cartooning – Jacqueline Wallace 6 years ago
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  • Political cartoons can be interesting and relevant but I've noticed a tendency to oversimplify complex topics. I have the same issue with political cartoons that I do with stand up comedy: a lot of it tends to be offensive, unhelpful, or based on generalizations that further perpetuate misinformation. I'm not too fond of making large statements with such a small medium of conversation. Of course, I don't mean to say that this is the case for ALL political cartoons. It's just something I have noticed, and that may very well have a lot to do with the fact that I am from a southern state. – bandreu 6 years ago
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  • Very interesting topic, you may want to include some commentary on whether the medium has simply shifted to digital platforms. Do on-line cartoons compete with print? – Jeff MacLeod 6 years ago
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