By Ted Gournelos
A Decade of darkish Humor analyzes ways that well known and visible tradition used humor-in various forms-to confront the assaults of September eleven, 2001 and, extra in particular, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly students from 4 nations to debate the impression of humor and irony on either media discourse and tangible political truth. additionally, it demonstrates that laughter is concurrently an street by which social matters are deferred or obfuscated, a fashion during which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a method of forming replacement political ideologies.The volume's participants hide a large variety of media productions, together with information parodies (The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart, The Colbert record, The Onion), television roundtable exhibits (Politically wrong 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 analyzing the rhetorical equipment and aesthetic innovations of those productions, the essays position every one in particular political and journalistic contexts, displaying how enterprises, information shops, and political associations spoke back to-and occasionally co-opted-these types of humor.
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