Cartoons

Encyclopedia of Political Communication, edited by Alessandro Nai, Max Grömping, Dominique Wirz (Edward Elgar).

7 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2024

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Cherian George

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) - School of Communication; AcademiaSG

Date Written: May 14, 2024

Abstract

Political cartoons and caricatures are centuries-old forms of visual commentary that have been used in diverse ways: to satirise the powerful, to support protest movements, for war propaganda, and for hate campaigns. The reactions they elicit can seem disproportionate: cartoonists have been jailed and killed for their work. In line with the cultural turn in political studies, cartoons thus invite analysts to treat seriously the symbolic quality of power. They have also featured prominently in identity politics. Cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed have constituted the single most globally provocative set of political messages in the 21st century. Cartoon controversies surface regularly in democracies, symptomising the conflict between classic liberal values and illiberal progressives. Such controversies have made many news media organisations reluctant to host highly opinionated cartoons.

Keywords: Cartoons; Caricature; Satire; Humour; Hate speech; Offence

Suggested Citation

George, Cherian, Cartoons (May 14, 2024). Encyclopedia of Political Communication, edited by Alessandro Nai, Max Grömping, Dominique Wirz (Edward Elgar)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4827079

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