What is Social Commentary?
Social commentary is using a medium to provide insight or commentary on issues in society. This can be done through many ways, one of which being a novel. Mark Twain used his book, Huckleberry Finn, to express his opinion on topics ranging from slavery to religion. Twain did so through satire, or the use of comedic elements to critique society. As well as satire, social commentary can be conveyed through utopian literature, or demonstrating what a perfect society should look like. The famous philosopher Plato did this, dreaming of a society ruled by philosophers such as himself who did not engage in the questionable political practices that Athens did so at the time. Finally, social commentary can be expressed through dystopian literature, or looking at what a “nightmare” society would exemplify. One famous dystopian series is the Hunger Games, where Suzanne Collins writes about a future America in ruins and the wealthy hold great power over the poor.
Social Commentary in Huckleberry Finn
Social Commentary Today
In today’s technology driven world, it’s easy to become lost in the excitement. From smartphones and computers to kindles and TVs, it’s becoming a prevalent issue; technology addiction. Take a look at the people around you; I see kids in school, on their phone instead of learning. When out at a restaurant, instead of interacting I see couples on their phones, heads down and not even acknowledging that the other is there. Some of my friends stay up all night playing video games and deprive themselves of the basic need for sleep. Society has become lost in their gadgets, and it’s something that needs to be reversed.