Tagged: satire

British cartoons during the American Revolution

This fine electronic collection of historical British political cartoons has just come to my attention. The cartoons and sketches parody and otherwise skewer the American Revolution and its allies. This file contains more than 150 British political cartoons concerning the American Revolution. Each is accompanied by an archivist’s description. The two sample cartoons are representative: One shows American savages hanging...

Zenga Zenga: Israeli-made mockery of Qaddafi speech is big hit among Arabs

A YouTube video spoof of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has tickled the Arab funny bone, even though the creator is an Israeli. The setting, the circumstances, and Qaddafi’s wild exclamations, cadence and gesticulations provided the perfect combination to spoof the Libyan madman. Addressing the Libyan population on February 22 from the bombed-out remains of the place where President Reagan had...

Taiwanese animators lampoon ‘don’t touch my junk’

It’s bad enough that the Department of Homeland Security’s clumsy “security” over-reach alienates the average citizen the way it has, but it’s all the worse when the rest of the world starts laughing at us. Fundamental to any sound security policy is careful consideration of domestic and international response to the measures being applied. Those measures will never please everybody....

Bollywood pokes fun at bin Laden – and us

Hollywood still doesn’t dare make a mainstream film to mock Islamist terrorists, though as we’ve seen the British have recently come out with two: The Infidel and Four Lions. Now from India comes Tere Bin Laden, about a young Pakistani TV journalist who wants to move to the USA to live the American dream. But he’s foiled because homeland security...

Congressman is worried that Guam will capsize

This is not a joke or parody, but the real thing: A member of the House Armed Services Committee told the commander of the US Pacific Command that he’s worried that if 8,000 Marines and their family members move to the US territory of Guam, the island will capsize. Here’s a video of Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), questioning Admiral Robert...

Armed Forces Journal says my book could ‘squelch the enemy into a blob of irrelevance’

The Armed Forces Journal has published a review of my new book Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War. “The book is packed with action points that could be implemented rapidly and at little cost,”writes Armed Forces Journal editor Karen Walker. “We could, for instance, stop feeding the terrorist’s self-esteem and confirming his status as a martyr by using the term he selected...

Los Angeles Times op-ed: US should use ridicule as weapon against its enemies

The Los Angeles Times ran my op-ed arguing that the United States should use ridicule as a weapon against our terrorist enemies. The piece, titled in the print edition as “Larry, Curly and Osama,” is copied below: “Larry, Curly and Musab“ May 21, 2006 | J. Michael Waller | J. MICHAEL WALLER is a professor of international communication at the...

Ridicule: An instrument in the war on terrorism

This article is the seventh in a series of White Papers by J. Michael Waller about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. USA Today featured this paper in its March 23, 2006 issue. Introduction Demonization of the enemy is the general default position of American message-making against international threats. The history of warfare shows, however, that while demonization can...

USA Today cites Waller’s strategy paper on weaponizing ridicule

(Institute of World Politics news release)  A recently-published white paper on the use of ridicule as an instrument of political warfare by  IWP Professor J. Michael Waller has been recognized in the opinion pages of USA Today and is topic of discussion in the blogosphere. Author Peter Schweizer posited that “in a brilliant new white paper on public diplomacy, Michael Waller, the...

Ridicule: An instrument in the war on terrorism

This article is the seventh in a series of Institute of World Politics White Papers by J. Michael Waller about the transformation of American public diplomacy and strategic communication. USA Today featured this paper in its March 23, 2006 issue. “Ridicule: An Instrument in the War on Terrorism” Introduction Demonization of the enemy is the general default position of American message-making against...