On John Oliver and Tim Minchin: can satire really ‘takedown’ Trump or Pell?

It’s only natural that we should believe that satirists possess the power to smite our enemies. Just as we find it difficult to believe that other thinking human beings can look at all the facts and come to a different conclusion than we did, when we see our political enemies made to look ridiculous by well-aimed satire, it’s hard to understand how anyone else could fail to see how dumb they are.


Yes, satire preaches to the converted in almost all cases. But we need to rid ourselves of the idea that preaching to the converted is a bad thing. The converted need to be preached to, or they lose solidarity, they lose the belief that things can get better.