Abstract: This study examines the nature of political satire on UK and Italian Television, starting from the phenomenon of popular politics. It takes a new approach to the concept of political activity that needs to be revised to fit with our continuously evolving
culture, the one dominated by popular media. Political satire, in particular, plays an important role in the “New Political Television” providing a level of truthfulness that cannot be accessed by traditional news programs (Jones, 2005).
Keywords: satire; politics; citizenship; pop politics; television; democracy; active citizen; information;political awareness; civic culture.
To cite the article: RUGGIERI, Francesca. “Political satire on television: How political satire encourages critical awareness of political issues and contributes to the formation of a civic culture”. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication 2.2 (2013): 38-50.