By Ted Gournelos
A Decade of darkish Humor analyzes ways that renowned and visible tradition used humor-in quite a few forms-to confront the assaults of September eleven, 2001 and, extra particularly, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly students from 4 international locations to debate the impression of humor and irony on either media discourse and tangible political truth. in addition, it demonstrates that laughter is concurrently an road 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 individuals disguise a wide diversity of media productions, together with information parodies (The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart, The Colbert file, The Onion), television roundtable exhibits (Politically mistaken 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), image novels (Art Spiegelman's within the Shadow of No Towers), documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11), and different productions.Along with interpreting the rhetorical tools and aesthetic strategies of those productions, the essays position every one in particular political and journalistic contexts, exhibiting how firms, information shops, and political associations answered to-and occasionally co-opted-these different types of humor.
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