By Alison Dagnes (auth.)
This booklet examines why there are so few conservative political satirists this present day and explores the results of this imbalance.
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Extra resources for A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor
We think that Jon Stewart is both a heathen and a publican (Hart and Hartelius 2007). Tough crowd! When asked about the importance of these satire shows and the messages they send, often writers and producers of this media scoff at a notion of their own significance or impact, arguing that their shows are purely entertainment. In Who Brings the Funny? ● 35 what may be my favorite interview moment of this project, I told comedian Lewis Black that academics found satire shows to affect political behavior, especially breeding cynicism.
Tough crowd! When asked about the importance of these satire shows and the messages they send, often writers and producers of this media scoff at a notion of their own significance or impact, arguing that their shows are purely entertainment. In Who Brings the Funny? ● 35 what may be my favorite interview moment of this project, I told comedian Lewis Black that academics found satire shows to affect political behavior, especially breeding cynicism. Black responded: Well, first tell those academics to fuck themselves .
They state that programming such as The Daily Show and satiric “news” from The Onion cannot be grasped unless a viewer or reader has an existing understanding of the news to begin with, and this logic makes sense: certainly, a joke about President Obama is not as funny unless you know who he is. And on this point, the scholarship agrees. In fact, some scholars make the argument that when someone brings a bit of understanding to satire, they gain an even better understanding after the jokes have landed.
A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor by Alison Dagnes (auth.)