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Satire TV

Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era

by Ethan ThompsonJonathan Gray and Jeffrey P. Jones

Hardback Publication Date: 01/04/2009

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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.
ISBN:
9780814731987
9780814731987
Category:
TV & society
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-04-2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
New York University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
229x153x23mm
Weight:
0.54kg

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