The Future of Satire
Part of Satire Week
The widespread cynicism about politicians and establishment institutions means that sending up royalty and political leaders has become safe. The old targets are tired and no longer touch a nerve. At the same time there is a great unease about jokes that actually do offend.
The new taboos include ethnicity, religion and children, as evidenced by the response to the Brass Eye Special on paedophilia or the proposal to outlaw insults to religious sensibilities.
We invite a panel to discuss:
Can there be a return to traditional political satire or does the future lie with the edgier approach of Chris Morris?
If comics avoid offending their audiences, is there a future for satire at all?