Election season is one of the most exciting times for tv shows like Saturday Night Live, a show which has at least one political sketch per 90 minute episode. Its parodies of debates, news shows, and political interactions have been around since the 1970’s, and now humor/parody news shows like the Colbert Report and Daily Show with Jon Stewart put a comical twist on the serious subject of the people and systems that are running our country.
Up until my senior year of high school, these types of shows are where I got the majority of my news from. In other words, my generation and I were trained to view politics and current events as ironic and funny. Some people joke that this years’ election is so outrageous that the live debates feel like theyre already watching SNL’s parodic interpretation of them. How has the predominance of parody news informed this years’ election? How has it informed millenials’ view of the meaning and importance of politics? What percentage of elections have become a reality TV show?