This article entitled “Texts in Indonesian Political Humor: Mass Criticism or Just Entertainment?”. In a book edited by Willibald Ruch (2007) mentioned that there are five functions of humor that related to politics, namely: (1) to express one's political values and attitudes indirectly; (2) look dilapidated authority figures; (3) express something that cannot be tolerated; (4) explore taboo topics; and (5) achieve a justice. Then, how is the function of political humor in Indonesia? This article aims to reveal the form and content of the text in Indonesian political humor. Function of humor in Indonesian politics, as well as humor in general, is still regarded by most people as a means of entertainment, not as a tool for understanding political issues or improve the effectiveness of political message. Thus, someone is to read the political humor not to see the political issues contained in it, but to see the elements of humor. Thus, success or failure of the text is not seen from whether or not the sharp of political criticism contained in it, but from whether or not the humor funny read. From the texts studied found that if seen from the shape and contents, texts in Indonesian political humor are more fiction than non-fiction, so the function was more towards entertainment rather than criticism.
|Journal||Susurgalur : Jurnal Kajian Sejarah dan Pendidikan Sejarah|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|