Using satire and social media to face dark political issues

Coming to terms with a post-nuclear war world may not seem a likely topic for a comedy. However, in Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed cold war film “Dr. Strangelove,” this theme serves as vehicle not only for comedy, but also for political critique.

Now the university is hoping to capitalize on this type of satire to discuss political topics with it’s new film series, “Fade to Black.”

The semester-long series features five American-made films themed around political satire and dark humor. The series is offered as a one-credit class and is open to all majors. It is also open and free for the public.

Communications professor Lindsay Hoffman created the series, calling it the first of its kind. So far, she said the series has been very well received by students.

“My objective is just to get students interested and engaged and thinking about things that they maybe wouldn’t ordinarily,” said Hoffman.

Students are thinking ahead as well. Buckle, who is not officially enrolled in the course, already said she would register for next year’s series.

The films in the series are “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “Wag the Dog,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Thank You for Smoking.”

Hoffman said these particular films were chosen for their “iconic representation of dark political humor.” The theme of dark political humor was chosen to lighten up issues.


The next film in the Fade To Black series is “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” the film will begin rolling Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.