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Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate

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How do various forms of comedy—including stand-up, satire, and film and television—transform contemporary invocations of nationalism and citizenship in youth cultures? And how are attitudes about gender, race, and sexuality transformed through comedic performances on social media? The Cultural Set Up of Comedy seeks to answer these questions by examining comedic performances by Chris Rock and Louis C.K., news parodies The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, the role of satire in the Arab Spring, and the groundbreaking performances by women in Bridesmaids. Breaking with the usual cultural studies debates over how to conceptualize youth, the book instead focuses on the comedic cultural and political scripts that frame them.

Synopsis:

In an age when Jon Stewart frequently tops lists of most-trusted newscasters, the films of Michael Moore become a dominant topic of political campaign analysis, and activists adopt ironic, fake personas to attract attention--the satiric register has attained renewed and urgent prominence in political discourse. Amber Day focuses on the parodist news show, the satiric documentary, and ironic activism to examine the techniques of performance across media, highlighting their shared objective of bypassing standard media outlets and the highly choreographed nature of current political debate.

About the Author

Amber Day is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the English and Cultural Studies Department at Bryant University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Poking Holes in the Spectacle

2. Ironic Authenticity

3. Truthiness and Consequences in Parodic News

4. Heroes and Villains: Satiric Documentarians Spearhead the Debate

5. Irony in Activism

6. Moving beyond Critique

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253222817
Author:
Day, Amber
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Webber, Julie
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Performance Studies; Cinema; Culture; Current Events; Media; Politics; Television and Radio
Subject:
Popular Culture
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Intellect Books - Cultural Studies Toward Transformative Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 bandw illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Political
History and Social Science » American Studies » Culture Wars
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Culture
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

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"Synopsis" by , In an age when Jon Stewart frequently tops lists of most-trusted newscasters, the films of Michael Moore become a dominant topic of political campaign analysis, and activists adopt ironic, fake personas to attract attention--the satiric register has attained renewed and urgent prominence in political discourse. Amber Day focuses on the parodist news show, the satiric documentary, and ironic activism to examine the techniques of performance across media, highlighting their shared objective of bypassing standard media outlets and the highly choreographed nature of current political debate.
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