Examples Of Social Groups In On Satire

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How and why is a social group represented in a particular way?

The main social group portrayed in the cartoon “On Satire” by Joe Sacco, published in The Guardian, is the cartoonists. “On Satire” portrays other cartoonists as obnoxious, insensitive cavemen who often cross the line between satire and just outright offensive mockery of the religious beliefs of Muslims. The purpose of the cartoon is to ridicule the black and white way of representation/depiction of all Muslims as terrorists. Also he is aiming to get governments and news outlets to consider ways in which to stop terrorism by understanding where they are coming from instead of just eradicating all Muslims and hoping that terrorism dies with them. Two social groups are depicted
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The second image is of him at a graveyard in front of crosses made out of pens with his eyes closed, a slightly bowed head and a hat over his heart, which is a classic sign of respect, followed by the caption “My first reaction was sadness”. The juxtaposition of these two images conveys a sense of strong disapproval and implies that, unlike him, other cartoonists went on the defensive and senselessly, like uncivilized barbarians, started the declaration of free speech without any consideration for their own actions and their consequences. He also further distances himself from other cartoonists by saying that drawing the type of images that led to the murders is in his opinion “a vapid way to use the pen”. Firstly Sacco’s implying that he has never had any part in making of offensive cartoons, absolving himself of any blame for the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office. Secondly, Sacco is subtly placing some of the blame on the cartoonists…show more content…
They are meant to appeal to Logos, the logical side in the readers, and Pathos, the emotional side or more specifically ability to empathize. Many cartoonists make satires and ironic cartoons that are meant to bring something important to the artists into public knowledge, and some just want to poke fun at some habits or traditions of other cultures and religion. But there are those who take it too far, which is where Logos comes in. Of course most readers, or at least the ones the cartoons are not ridiculing, find it very easy to just laugh, but as demonstrated by Sacco, it’s very easy to cross the line between a harmless, informative joke and a borderline cruel mockery of something that is important or sacred to others. Pathos on the other hand is appealed to by asking to empathize with the Jews that were been persecuted for simply been more successful during a time when Germany had high rates of unemployment. Sacco obviously wants us to see that in the right context almost anything can be hurtful, which is backed up by the statement: "when we draw a line, we are often crossing one

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