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Political Cartoons. How to understand and analyze them. What is a political cartoon?. A cartoon that makes a point about a political situation Can be funny, but often are not meant to be Think about current events Sway the viewer to the cartoonist’s point of view

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political cartoons

Political Cartoons

How to understand and analyze them

what is a political cartoon
What is a political cartoon?

A cartoon that makes a point about a political situation

Can be funny, but often are not meant to be

Think about current events

Sway the viewer to the cartoonist’s point of view

Newspaper in the editorial section

(LOC)

commonly used persuasive techniques
Commonly Used Persuasive Techniques

Symbolism

Exaggeration

Labeling

Analogy

Irony

(LOC)

cartoonist bias
Cartoonist Bias

Better understand cartoons

Spotting political bias

Making up your own mind

Recognize persuasive techniques in other parts of the media

(LOC)

questions to ask yourself
Questions to ask yourself

What issue is this about?

What is the cartoonist’s opinion?

What other opinions exist?

Is this cartoon persuasive? Why or why not?

How could the cartoonist make this more persuasive?

(LOC)

a political cartoonist s perspective
A Political Cartoonist’s Perspective

“Cartooning is an irreverent form of expression, and one particularly suited to scoffing at the high and the mighty. If the prime role of a free press is to serve as critic of government, cartooning is often the cutting edge of that criticism.” ~Herb Block

(Block)

herb s explanation of political cartoons
Herb’s Explanation of Political Cartoons

A cartoon does not tell everything about a subject

There are “no sacred cows”

Only focus on a subject if there is a point to be made

No matter the political climate, there will always be something of which to be critical

(Block)

can you identify the persuasive techniques
Can you identify the persuasive techniques?

LABELING

IRONY

ANALOGY

SYMBOLISM

(LOC)

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Can you identify the persuasive techniques?

EXAGGERATION

SYMBOLISM

LABELING

ANALOGY

IRONY

(LOC)

slide10
Can you identify the persuasive techniques?

EXAGGERATION

SYMBOLISM

LABELING

ANALOGY

(LOC)

IRONY

slide11
Can you identify the persuasive techniques?

EXAGGERATION

SYMBOLISM

IRONY

ANALOGY

(LOC)

bibliography
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Block, Herb. Herb Block’s history: Political cartoons from the crash to the millennium (HBC). 2000. The cartoon by Herb Block. February 5, 2010.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/herblock/cartoon.html

The library of congress (LOC). January 12, 2010. It’s no laughing matter:

Analyzing political cartoons. February 5, 2010.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactiv

ities/activities/political-cartoon/index.html.

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