New App: Best Political Satire All In One Place
by Caitlin O'Connell
With four debates and countless campaign stops and political ads gone by (not to mention the daily onslaught of polls), Election Day can’t come soon enough. Fortunately, voters can laugh off the remaining 13 days with their choice of late-night television or stories from The Onion. And thanks to a free new app, Mock the Vote, the best political satire is collected in one place.
Mock the Vote is the inaugural product from Laffster, a start-up recently launched to provide a personalized experience around online humor content. Inspired by a Ramussen study that found nearly one-third of young Americans rely on satirical sources for the news, the app seeks to provide the best political items from the satire world. Mock the Vote combines content curated from faux news mainstays like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Onion with original content from big humor names like Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker. It also invites decided voters to rank material.
“We wanted to build something that would really lead users to discover the election, in a distinctly funny way,” said Laffster CEO Daniel Altman.
While Mock the Vote is currently available for Apple users, Altman says the company hopes to move to Android in the next week.