Reality https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/7392/all en Bring in the Clowns: Humor in Political Communication https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/bring-clowns-humor-political-communication <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=149 alt="" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/user-pictures/clowns.jpeg" width=250 align=left><EM>Late one night in the capitol city a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. "Give me your money!" he demanded. Indignant, the affluent man replied, "You can't do this - I'm a Member of Parliament!" "In that case," replied the robber, "give me MY money!"</EM></P> <P>Sometimes all you can do when you hear the latest news from the political stages all over the world is – laugh. Actually, laughing is a good thing in politics. Humor has become a major vehicle for political information. Political commentary in late night shows and political comedy have become an important part of political communication. Humor helps to transmit information and messages in a way that dry news formats probably can’t do.</div></div></div> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:18:19 +0000 Anne-Katrin Arnold 5916 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Watching the News on a Deck-Chair https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/watching-news-deck-chair <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=186 alt="" hspace=0 src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Johanna/scotlandyard.jpg" width=280 align=left border=0>In July I wrote a piece about <A href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/node/5746" target=_blank>Simulated Realities, Manipulated Perceptions</A>.&nbsp; In it I queried our apparent pre-occupation with the gruesomeness of war, as seen through a media lens.&nbsp; I took Pakistan as a case study for our obsession with disaster and attempted to apply a Baudrillardian theory to new coverage of terrorism in the country.&nbsp; The irony is, that this article was picked up by an editor for one of the biggest Pakistani news agencies, and ever since I have been writing a weekly column for them.</P> <P>Having spent years watching and commenting on the media, I have crossed sides, and although I remain a “blogger” not a “writer”, I feel as if I am on the periphery of the very beast I have long deplored.&nbsp; My short, but intense time at <A href="https://dawn.com/" target=_blank>Dawn</A> has been a real challenge, as I have sought to write in a way that I have advocated journalists to and continue to challenge the mainstream media perceptions from within.</div></div></div> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:35:20 +0000 Caroline Jaine 5801 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere