There is a noticeable boom of TV shows focusing on the political sphere in the form of satires. Does making fun of our elected representatives fuel populist anger against a ruling class, provoking cynicism and apathy? Or is it just the other way around, that interest in shows about politics speaks for a willingness to deal with societal issues and their handling in government and parliament? The talk probes these questions for the case of Germany, looking at the TV shows Eichwald, MdB and Ellerbeck – both recently produced by the public-service television broadcaster ZDF.
Photo Copyright: Eichwald, MdB, ZDF