Satire TV

Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era

Author: Jonathan Gray,Jeffrey P. Jones,Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814732168

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Satirical TV has become mandatory viewing for citizens wishing to make sense of the bizarre contemporary state of political life. Shifts in industry economics and audience tastes have re-made television comedy, once considered a wasteland of escapist humor, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to animated sitcoms and mash-up videos, satire has become an important avenue for processing politics in informative and entertaining ways, and satire TV is now its own thriving, viable television genre. Satire TV examines what happens when comedy becomes political, and politics become funny. A series of original essays focus on a range of programs, from The Daily Show to South Park, Da Ali G Show to The Colbert Report, The Boondocks to Saturday Night Live, Lil’ Bush to Chappelle’s Show, along with Internet D.I.Y. satire and essays on British and Canadian satire. They all offer insights into what today’s class of satire tells us about the current state of politics, of television, of citizenship, all the while suggesting what satire adds to the political realm that news and documentaries cannot.
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Satire TV

Politics and Comedy in the Post-network Era

Author: Jonathan Gray,Jeffrey P. Jones,Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814731996

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

View: 8198

This work examines what happens when comedy becomes political, and politics become funny. A series of original essays focus on a range of programmes, from 'The Daily Show' to 'South Park'.
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Satire TV

Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era

Author: Jonathan Gray,Jeffrey P. Jones,Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814731988

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 283

View: 6280

This work examines what happens when comedy becomes political, and politics become funny. A series of original essays focus on a range of programmes, from 'The Daily Show' to 'South Park'.
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Satiric TV in the Americas

Critical Metatainment As Negotiated Dissent

Author: Paul Alonso

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190636505

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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In a time of global infotainment, the crisis of modern journalism, the omnipresence of celebrity culture and reality TV, and the colonization of public discourse by media spectacle and entertainment, postmodern satiric media have emerged as prominent critical voices playing an unprecedented role at the heart of public debate. Indeed, satiric media has filled gaps left not only by traditional media but also by weak social institutions and discredited political elites. In Satiric TV in the Americas, Paul Alonso analyzes the most influential satiric TV shows in the Americas--focusing on shows in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile and the United States--in order to understand their critical role in challenging the status quo, traditional journalism, and the prevalent local media culture. Alonso illuminates the phenomenon of satire as resistance and negotiation in public discourse, the role of entertainment media as a site where socio-political tensions are played out, and the changing notions of journalism in today's democratic societies. Introducing the notion of "critical metatainment" -- a transgressive, self-referential reaction to the process of tabloidization and the cult of celebrity in the media spectacle era -- Satiric TV in the Americas is the first book to map, contextualize, and analyze relevant cases to understand the relation between political information, social and cultural dissent, critical humor, and entertainment in the region. Evaluating contemporary satiric media as a consequence of the collapse of modernity and its arbitrary dichotomies, Satiric TV in the Americas also shows that, as satiric formats travel to a particular national context, they are appropriated in different ways and adapted to local circumstances, with distinct consequences.
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Entertaining Politics

Satiric Television and Political Engagement

Author: Jeffrey P. Jones

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742565297

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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In this completely revised and updated edition (including eight new chapters), Jeffrey Jones charts the evolution and maturation of political entertainment television by examining The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Politically Incorrect/Real Time with Bill Maher, and Michael Moore's TV Nation and The Awful Truth. This volume investigates how and why these shows have been central locations for the critique of political and economic power and an important resource for citizens during numerous political crises. In an age of Truthiness, fake news and humorous political talk have proven themselves viable forms of alternative reporting and critical means for ascertaining truth, and in the process, questioning the legitimacy of news media's role as the primary mediator of political life. The book also addresses the persistent claims that these programs have cynical effects and create misinformed young citizens, demonstrating instead how such programming provide for an informed, active, and meaningful citizenship. The new edition takes account of the many changes that have occurred in television and political culture since Entertaining Politics' initial release.
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How To Watch Television

Author: Ethan Thompson,Jason Mittell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814771726

Category: Psychology

Page: 432

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We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered. Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. Read: Introduction / Table of Contents / Sample Essays Online View: Clips from the Essays Visit the Facebook page.
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Satire and Dissent

Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate

Author: Amber Day

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253005140

Category: Humor

Page: 240

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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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Satire

A Critical Reintroduction

Author: Dustin Griffin

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813147816

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Here is the ideal introduction to satire for the student and, for the experienced scholar, an occasion to reconsider the uses, problems, and pleasures of satire in light of contemporary theory. Satire is a staple of the literary classroom. Dustin Griffin moves away from the prevailing moral-didactic approach established thirty some years ago to a more open view and reintegrates the Menippean tradition with the tradition of formal verse satire. Exploring texts from Aristophanes to the moderns, with special emphasis on the eighteenth century, Griffin uses a dozen figures -- Horace, Juvenal, Persius, Lucian, More, Rabelais, Donne, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Blake, and Byron -- as primary examples. Because satire often operates as a mode or procedure rather than as a genre, Griffin offers not a comprehensive theory but a set of critical perspectives. Some of his topics are traditional in satire criticism: the role of satire as moralist, the nature of satiric rhetoric, the impact of satire on the political order. Others are new: the problems of satire and closure, the pleasure it affords readers and writers, and the socioeconomic status of the satirist. Griffin concludes that satire is problematic, open-ended, essayistic, and ambiguous in its relationship to history, uncertain in its political effect, resistant to formal closure, more inclined to ask questions than provide answers, and ambivalent about the pleasures it offers.
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Blockbuster TV

Must-see Sitcoms in the Network Era

Author: Janet Staiger

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814797563

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

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Studies four sitcoms to explain how and why certain television shows gain a mass audience, including such factors as place in the programming schedule, impact of VCRs and cable, variations on formulas, and role of critics.
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The Simpsons, Satire, and American Culture

Author: M. Henry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027797

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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How is The Simpsons a satirical artwork engaged with important social, political, and cultural issues? In time for the twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry offers the first comprehensive understanding of the show as a satire and explores the ways in which The Simpsons participates in the so-called "culture war" debates taking place in American society.
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Television Mockumentary

Reflexivity, Satire and a Call to Play

Author: Craig Hight

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719073175

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Mockumentary is now an established part of the spectrum of television styles, with both deep roots in television history and a key part of innovations in the sitcom genre since the 1990s. Tracing the development of mockumentary series within the broader history of traditions of satire, drama, and nonfiction programming, the author uses detailed discussions of popular and innovative television series from Britain, the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. This is the first detailed study of the rich vein of mockumentary television programs, covering series such as The Larry Sanders Show, The Daily Show, and the British and American versions of The Office to discuss how producers have experimented with mockumentary as a distinctive approach to storytelling.
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News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe

Author: Geoffrey Baym,Jeffrey P. Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135751641

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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In recent years, the US fake news program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has become a surprisingly important source of information, conversation, and commentary about public affairs. Perhaps more surprisingly, so-called 'fake news' is now a truly global phenomenon, with various forms of news parody and political satire programming appearing throughout the world. This collection of innovative chapters takes a close and critical look at global news parody from a wide range of countries including the USA and the UK, Italy and France, Hungary and Romania, Israel and Palestine, Iran and India, Australia, Germany, and Denmark. Traversing a range of national cultures, political systems, and programming forms, News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe offers insight into the central and perhaps controversial role that news parody has come to play in the world, and explores the multiple forces that enable and constrain its performance. It will help readers to better understand the intersections of journalism, politics, and comedy as they take shape across the globe in a variety of political and media systems. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Popular Communication.
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The Sellout

A Novel [electronic Resource]

Author: Paul Beatty

Publisher: TPC Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fathers and sons

Page: N.A

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Dickens, an "agrarian ghetto," is the fictional Los Angeles hood at the center of Paul Beatty's scathingly satirical novel, The Sellout. It's a book that, as poet Kevin Young writes in his perceptive New York Times review, "isn't for the fainthearted." Beatty — the first American novelist to win the coveted Man Booker Award — is a comic genius at the top of his game and in The Sellout, he dares to question almost every received notion about American society. Buckle your seat belts.
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American Satire

An Anthology of Writings from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: Nick Bakalar

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: N.A

Category: Humor

Page: 456

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Throughout American history, satire has attracted the country's best writers. From Ben Franklin's cutting satiric attacks on British policy toward the American colonies to Mark Twain's "American Abroad" to Art Buchwald's "Pictures From Vietnam", this collection entertains while it informs, providing an excellent overview of American satirical prose and poetry. 468 pp
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Satire on Stone

The Political Cartoons of Joseph Keppler

Author: Richard Samuel West

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Chromolithography

Page: 465

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Gathers political cartoons by the nineteenth century American satirist, briefly traces Keppler's career, and discusses the background of his work
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Satire

Author: John T. Gilmore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134106335

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

View: 9808

What is satire? How can we define it? Is it a weapon for radical change or fundamentally conservative? Is satire funny or cruel? Does it always need a target or victim? Combining thematic, theoretical and historical approaches, John T. Gilmore introduces and investigates the tradition of satire from classical models through to the present day. In a lucid and engaging style, Gilmore explores: the moral politics of satire whether satire is universal, historically or geographically limited how satire translates across genres and media the boundaries of free speech and legitimacy. Using examples from ancient Egypt to Charlie Hebdo, from European traditions of formal verse satire to imaginary voyages and alternative universes, newspaper cartoons and YouTube clips, from the Caribbean to China, this comprehensive volume should be of interest to students and scholars of literature, media and cultural studies as well as politics and philosophy.
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Is Satire Saving Our Nation?

Mockery and American Politics

Author: S. McClennen,R. Maisel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113740521X

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The book studies the intersections between satirical comedy and national politics in order to show that one of the strongest supports for our democracy today comes from those of us who are seriously joking. This book shows how we got to this place and why satire may be the only way we can save our democracy and strengthen our nation.
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The Satirist

America's Most Critical Book

Author: Dan Geddes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789081999700

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 192

View: 9897

"Enjoy this hilarious collection of satires, reviews, news, poems, and short stories from The Satirist: America's Most Critical Journal."--P. [4] of cover.
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American Film Satire in the 1990s

Hollywood Subversion

Author: J. Nilsson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113730099X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 178

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This study examines how a particular selection of films turned American cultural material of the 1990s into satirical experiences for viewers and finds that there are elements of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream news channels and Hollywood, and to official American history already embedded in the culture.
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You Got to Be Kidding!

The Cultural Arsonist's Satirical Reading of the Bible

Author: Joe Wenke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985900229

Category:

Page: N.A

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Why did God turn Lot's wife into a pillar of salt? Were there no other seasonings available? How come no one noticed when Samson's hair grew back? Who lost Jesus's baby book? If no one was around, just who reported the desert encounter between Jesus and the Devil? And why does the Holy Spirit like to show up as a bird? As irreverent and funny as the musical The Book of Mormon, Dr. Joe Wenke's YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING: THE CULTURAL ARSONIST'S SATIRICAL READING OF THE BIBLE, is an engaging, provocative and hilarious investigation into the bestselling book of all time. Writing to "cause trouble," cultural arsonist Dr. Wenke--a keen observer of human gullibility--forces readers to reexamine the stories they think they know about the Bible. Drawing upon the same pool of incendiary and cerebral humor as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and the late, great George Carlin, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING is a call for humor to restore our sanity and our ability to think for ourselves.
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