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Charlie Hebdo Lessons on Satire & Journalism

Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 1
208 Barton Springs Rd


The satire of Charlie Hebdo pushed the boundaries of freedom of expression to uncomfortable limits. In response to the terrorist slaughter of 12 staff members of the French magazine earlier this year, many wondered if the pen truly is mightier than the sword. The link between satire and journalism is strong and long. A society that tolerates crude jokes can stomach political dissent. Indeed satire is a continuum, on one end lives the editorial cartoon and on the other is a racist characterization of a religious prophet.

And the Internet seems to make everything worse. It speeds the distribution of offensive material, amplifies the voices of those would fan the flames of fanatics and encourages haters to ban together and plot revenge.

Can satire survive the digital age? Will it do so hand in hand journalism?


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The Poynter Institute

Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She is the Vice President for Academic Programs at the Poynter Institute. The world’s large...

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