While flipping the pages of the morning newspaper, our eyes usually search for the editorial cartoon – the love for which seems eternal. Political cartoons present clever, imaginative and biting insight into politics and popular opinion and are so apt that we can’t help but stop and think. There is something about the power of visual language that can sometimes explain a situation way better than a thousand words! With the rise of social media, political cartoons have taken newer forms like memes and animated comic strips and are shared through multiple platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook garnering thousands of ‘likes’. But, alongside the appreciation also comes anger, resentment, fear and loathing. The brutal attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo is an example. Content and issues addressed through political cartoons today have changed as our society is constantly riddled with political scandals, social problems, environmental degradation and terrorism demanding a change in representation as well.
What is the staying power of these seemingly simple thing called ‘cartoons’ and how can they stir politics and shape public opinion? How can editorial cartoons trigger demonstrations and why are people getting killed for mere art? Read the informative module to find out.