Weaponizing Arab Humor

news  %tages Weaponizing Arab HumorI confess, I subscribe to the NY Times in black and white edition. I often consider myself an expatriate New Yorker and relish reading the news in this area New York City from the Grey Lady herself.On Saturday, June 20, 2015 I came across the article: “Satirical News Show Finds Humor in Gaza, Even if Hamas Rulers May Not” (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/20/world/middleeast/a-show-finds-humor-in-gazas-headlines-will-hamas-get-it.html?_r=). While looking for the URL to pass by the side of to my readers I came across a similar article on the CNN website: “Saudi TV series deploys new weapon hostile to ISIS: satire” (see: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/22/middleeast/anti-isis-satire/which is also the photo source). The NY Times article covers Akram al_Sourani the show’s writer and his approach to satirizing the government(s) in Gaza while the CNN article covers a TV series which has drawn attention – both excellent and terrible. The CNN article also quotes a former State Department Official (Michael Rubin) as adage that humor needs to be a part of the strategy hostile to ISIS.I have had the excellent chance to www.psyopwar.com present in a variety of global venues. Most of these have been either information security or legal related although I have had my share of NATO and other military presentations.While many ‘experts’ caution hostile to the use of humor, I have found that humor can work well most of the time. Fascinatingly sufficient attorney jokes seem to be well loved even in some Asian countries where you wouldn’t reckon that was the case.The implication for PSYOPers is that we should be encouraging satirical talent if we can. We must always be mindful of a unenthusiastic disgrace that can be attached to any association with Americans. But, people are people and the fine art of shape ultimately rests on being able to connect with your consultation.Humor, especially when made by the consultation themselves, is an exceptionally potent weapon and should, as noted by the CNN article, be a key part of the arsenal of those standing up to our enemies and the enemies of peace and prosperity.

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