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When presenting this information it is important to understand and focus on key language strategies John Stewart uses to represent “occupation.” His main language strategy is to present the issue, “occupation” in a farcical way. His comedy aims to entertain the audience by means of verbal humor in varying degrees of sophistication, which include word play, and culminating in an ending which often involves an elaborate chase scene. Farce is also characterized by physical humor as the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. One way Stewart does this is by starting off the show with a metaphor.

This particular episode about “occupation” starts off with John Stewart making up his own name for the “occupation” by naming it “mess-o-potamia.” Mess-o-potamia is a rhetorical trope that describes “occupation” as being or equal to a mess or disaster in decision made by the United States. Thus, occupation can be efficiently described because implicit and explicit characteristics from mess-o-potamia. This word play imitates the government’s style of naming invasions to poke at it and show the real meaning behind what is going on in Iraq. This falls in line with the controversy of the term. The left sidedness of The Daily Show and at least half of the United States population most of them being liberal disagree with the occupation of Iraq and would consider it a “mess-o-potamia.”

The next part of the show involves John Stewart comedic commentary on President Bush’s speeches and the antics of other political leaders to create his own political satire in farcical manner. In this part of the episode, it is important to understand how the media can control ideology through what stories get told and which stories are told most. That brings about the question, �How much access do we have as the public?’ Fortunately, John Stewart cuts up media into clip and presents it to the public media in an understandable comedic way. Stewart’s humor is drawn from material is the speech in which the political leader is making. Language in politics is concerned with the power to make decisions, control resources, and as well as other aspects. Political power is achieved by physical force or ideological. Also, the United States’ government uses coercion to make Iraq behave in an involuntary way through occupation. In this episode John Stewart uses political media clips focusing on political language in concern to occupation of Iraq.

The first short clip presented in the episode is of President Bush discussing when the occupation will end. John Stewart reveals how President Bush is using presupposition where the topics presented to the two parties, President Bush and the public, must be mutually known or assumed by the speaker and addressee, for the utterance to be considered appropriate in context that the public knows what is going on in Iraq. It is the President’s job along with the government to inform the public media about what our military troop mission includes. Stewart makes it seem like President Bush does not know what is going on in Iraq in throughout the episode with political satire. The President talks about how we are not going to leave until Iraq is a country with a, “new constitution and free elections.” The President is using his political power achieved by physical force, compelling Iraq to behave in an involuntary way. There has been a lot of resistant from people of Iraq when the United States began occupying them with military force. John Stewart then goes on to make light of our occupation that we need to occupy most almost all counties, and



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