#JeSuisSatire : Satire in Islam

Cihan Kaan responds to the shootings on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Bad day for france, sad day for satire. #JeSuisCharlie

— Cihan Kaan (@Cihankaan) January 7, 2015

There's a fine line between satire and juvenile humor. Let's start there. Satire is specifically suited for adult minds. One needs to understand nuanced dialectics of satire to get any satisfaction from it. It's a thinking mans style. It requires cultural context and knowledge of tone. Whereas jokes or comedy for the sake of laughs, let's say fart jokes or slapstick, are for the easily entertained. Juvenile humor serves cheap reactions. Juvenile humor is suited for the minds of children. Satire is a different animal.

It is a mechanism of free journalism intended to suggest inherent breaks in institutional or ideological thinking. At it's best, satire is the only way to a free self-examining society and at its worst, like in the case of #CharlieHebdo, it's the catalyst that sparks a reform in the broken institution or ideology it satirized.

John Stewart says of satire, "The real outcome of satire is typically catharsis and whether that's positive or negative I don't know. The difference between a satirist and a demagogue is we're observers, we don't have the confidence to take the next step." The satirist lives somewhere between Mount Hope and the cliché tar pits of culture always trying not to get too high to fall too low. The mechanism they use to get back and forth, whether a pen, a guitar or newsrooms determine the type of satire. At least this was the explanation of satire pre‐millennium. We are so inundated with it from all sides that desensitization may be settling in. Nowadays, the heights are raised and the lows are deepened. When half of us speak in double meanings and the other half literally, miscommunication of this advanced satire is inevitable. I reckon some folks have no idea what is true and what isn't. The satire radar is out of batteries.

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Interviews/Reviews
For Halal Pork:

(2012)
Audio - St.Marks Church, New York - 12.19.12 Reading from "Town Runnin' Dry"
Written : Wall Street Journal India: Islamophobia By Aarti Virani

(2011)
Written: Questions & Answers on "Halal Pork and Other Stories"
Audio: Cross-Cultural Poetics with Leonard Shwartz, Reading "Crimean Saladin"
Audio: Asia-Pacific Radio, Discussing Muslim Female depictions

REVIEW: BOMB Magazine Summer 2011: Halal Pork & Other Stories Review by Ammiel Alcalay

Online Writings

(2010-2015)
From Madonna to M.I.A: The 2012 VMA's in Perspective - 28 Years of VMAs
On the passing of a Beastie Boy - "Adam Yauch was a Muslim Hero" Al Jazeera
Satire and East vs West Sensitivities - The Science of Satire
Analysis of Russian/Crimean reoccupation - Rereading "The Crimean Saladin"
On the Charles Hebdo tragedy - #JeSuisSatire : Satire in Islam

For She's Got an Atomic Bomb (2005):

REVIEW: Indypendant: Drunk on Punk By Ted Myczewski
VIDEO: Interview for "She's Got an Atomic Bomb"

Film

Internet Movie Database on Cihan's published Films
"She's Got An Atomic Bomb" Website
YouTube Channel (includes music video trilogy and "Shufflemode")
Video Art Interaction Installation : Sensestory

Music

CHANNEL 72 (Telepathic Ethnic Marketing)
8Bit

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