Essay Political Cartoons

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Political Cartoons
Shawn Palmer
University of Phoenix

Political cartoons have been with us from the 16th century to today, changing social agendas and shaping public opinion about political office holders. The creator of each cartoon makes each one represent his or hers opinion about what would be currently happening at that time. This paper will show you the start of political cartoons and the role played by political cartoons in setting social agendas also it will show how they are used today. As you open the newspaper the cartoon showing the mayor with his arm around the scantily clad girl, and the caption “put it on my tab” but the tab has “city budget” on it. You chuckle a little and read the article about the mayor getting
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To show this, cartoons texts were excerpted from a couple Nigerian newspapers, Daily Trust and Vanguard during the period 2007-2010. One-hundred cartoons were selected; fifty of them were taken from each newspaper. It seems that 80% of the themes focused on major issues through which the social agenda was set to reflect social practices in the Nigerian social political contexts. That Nigerian political cartoons set social agenda by showing current and sensitive issues that people were much concerned about (Sane, Abdullah, Abdullah, & Ali, 2012). This makes them very powerful tools or weapons depending on how you look at the use of them.
Now to focus in our time the big thing that we deal with in our famous people and people in political office is scandals. There is a theory that cartoons change and persuade public opinions, and behaviors. Making cartoons very important to public figures and there life’s being put under the microscope called the public eye. Public opinion is vital because it is what makes you famous or gets you elected to office, likely contributing to the image that the politician will hold for the rest of his life. When a political scandal is shown to be false, the reputation and the future of the individual are at stake. Where there is a problem, the individual, and the party will need to determine their future in

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