The image to the right is the latest "South Park" spin on Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous "Change" poster, and it’s a timely example to illustrate the way in which contemporary cartoons are used to comment on society.
The political cartoon is nothing new, but televised cartoon sitcoms like "The Simpsons," "South Park" and "Family Guy" are known for their subversive takes on pop culture, society and politics. Watching these shows has empowered a nation of young adults to question authority and societal norms, which is a good thing. It also means that cultural icons and politicians like President Obama have been unwitting subjects of irony, sarcasm and satire.
Check out the "South Park" episode featuring the amended Obama poster here, and check out other cartooned social commentary below.
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By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Mar 22, 2009