Imagine life without humorists. Everyone would be serious all the time. There would be no one to tell jokes and no one to ramble on about various topics that effortlessly make us chuckle and giggle. There is no doubt that humorists strive to entertain the public. Stand-up comics make themselves sound and appear as fools in front of millions of people, just to get the satisfaction of knowing that they have made someone laugh. Cartoonists, stand-up comics, satirical writers, and hosts of television programs are all humorists who get paid more money than some of the teachers in society in order to entertain the public. Their job is not only valued by their peers (other entertainers), but by the general public as well. The importance of their job is displayed through the large amount of money that is spent on them. Although humorists do a marvelous job of entertaining the public, that is not their only goal. The role played by humorists is increasingly vital to society. Alain de Botten said it best in his 2004 book, Status Anxiety, where he argues that the chief aim of humorists is not to merely entertain but “to convey with impunity messages that might be dangerous or impossible to state directly”.
Humorists serve a vital function in society. They have altered the demanding task of conveying messages to the public. The change is clearly evident in politics. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign to become the President of the United States, Sarah Palin’s attention grabbing appearances, and the current recession are only a few of the many political topics that humorists have made an impact on. Some Americans may not have heard of some if the many urgent political challenges if it was not for the help of humorists. Humorists help to educate the public. They make topics such as the government and politics easier for the public to understand Political cartoons are used by teachers all over America to help educate their children. Modern political cartoons have been around making...
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