Humor as a tool of political discourse: from media personalities to candidates for the presidency

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The research is concentrated on the increasing popularity of political context in humour if we take into account the state fragility, identified the manipulative properties of humorous content in general, as well in the research we have tried to evaluate the contribution that ridiculous things in speech make while shaping public opinion. Considering the changes in the sense of joke formation and formats of presenting content on TV by the leading production-company of Ukraine Studio “Quarter 95”, the authors concluded that both satirical and serious stand-ups or politically colored TV-series have a deep influence on the formation of civil position - the attitude towards the media person gains the nature of politically painted trust thanks to sharpness of reflection of real problems which disturb the population. By means of popular culture and television Vladimir Zelensky together with the group have opportunity to recite their citizenship. Above all, the result of the formation of public sentiments by the creative elite serves as a platform for electoral trust. The mentioned idea allows us to state that humor as a tool of political discourse is a weapon that gives visible results in the electoral campaign.

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Viktoriia Valeryevna Zhadanova

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.

Master of the Department of Mass Communications, Faculty of Philology

10 Miklukho-Maklaya St., bldg. 2A, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Alexander Nikolaevich Shirobokov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)


Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of Mass Media and Mass Communication, Faculty of Philology

10 Miklukho-Maklaya St., bldg. 2A, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation


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