Get Your War On: Terrorist Watch List

This is a new video from 23/ a political-ish comedy site. The video is about a serious issue, but treats it in a comical-ish way. Which is a fine strategy if done well, but I there’s just not quite enough substance here. All you really get from the video is that there’s a terrorist watch list with a million names, and that means regular people are on it for no good reason. The video has a nice wind-up, but no delivery, no real punch line. I think at the end the viewer should have gotten some insight into the implications of having a million people on the watch list. Comedy can help people understand tragedy (see L.M. Bogad interview for more) and motivate them to act, but there has to be some meaningful information inside the joke. There has to be some “ah-ha” behind the gag.

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