Humor as Persuasion

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“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself,”
quipped Mark Twain in 1881.
For generations, humor has been used to persuade others about issues that are very serious in nature.
Here is one such example.
Take a moment to watch Trevor Noah’s video about Confederate Memorial Day. In which ways is his
persuasive effort effective, if you believe it is? Consider the broader idea of the persuasive power of
humor within popular culture. Offer your thoughts below, and, as usual, please reflect upon your
classmates’ comments as well, and reply to at least 2-3 of their posts.