By Ted Gournelos
A Decade of darkish Humor analyzes ways that well known and visible tradition used humor-in a number of forms-to confront the assaults of September eleven, 2001 and, extra in particular, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly students from 4 international locations to debate the influence of humor and irony on either media discourse and tangible political truth. additionally, it demonstrates that laughter is concurrently an street during which social concerns are deferred or obfuscated, a manner within which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a way of forming replacement political ideologies.The volume's participants conceal a vast variety of media productions, together with information parodies (The day-by-day exhibit with Jon Stewart, The Colbert record, The Onion), television roundtable exhibits (Politically fallacious with invoice Maher), comedian strips and cartoons (Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, Jeff Danzinger's editorial cartoons), tv drama (Rescue Me), lively satire (South Park), picture novels (Art Spiegelman's within the Shadow of No Towers), documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11), and different productions.Along with reading the rhetorical equipment and aesthetic thoughts of those productions, the essays position each one in particular political and journalistic contexts, exhibiting how organisations, information retailers, and political associations spoke back to-and occasionally co-opted-these types of humor.
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To keep the cheerleaders from grazing after the game! *** What do a football player and an Ohio girl have in common? Pigskin!! * * "(:; Did you hear about the Indy driver from Ohio who made 23 pit stops? Three for fuel, 4 to change tires, and 16 to ask directions! 38 Why are mothers of Ohio Staters so strong and square shouldered? From raising dumbbells! *** Did you hear about the Ohioan who received a pair of water skis for his birthday? He went insane looking for a hill on Lake Erie! *** What do you call a good looking guy in Columbus?
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