chapter  13
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Humorprop: Opiate of the Popular Culture

Perhaps no propaganda acknowledges the individual's grasp of events so rewardingly as humorprop-the political and social commentaries oflate-night television hosts, the streams of consciousness of stand-up comics, the barbs of political cartoonists, the inversions of reality acted out by comic strip characters, and the satire of public figures such as politicians, columnists, and commentators, each skewering the other as the situation permits. Each rewards our up-to-dateness by making reality laughable. In its approach to problems, humorprop is predominantly newprop and the opiate of our popular culture.