Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy

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Palgrave Macmillan, 8 aug. 2012 - 272 pagini
Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert simply fun or is it powerful political satire? Does it entertain viewers or does it empower them? Or does it teach us that in today's media-saturated world those binaries make no sense? Colbert's America claims that Colbert's satire fosters critical thinking about social issues, encourages active citizenship, and entertains the viewer - all at the same time. The first book to cover the various themes and features of The Colbert Report, Colbert's America offers readers insight into the powerful ways that Colbert's comedy challenges the cult of ignorance that has threatened meaningful public debate and social dialogue since 9/11.
 

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Introduction
1
Colbert Speaks Truthiness to Power
13
Dissent and Democracy after 911
41
3 Proud to Be an American Satirist
69
Or How a TV Show Can Change the Way a Nation Thinks
97
5 Amusing Ourselves to Activism?
169
Notes
183
Index
205
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SOPHIA A. MCCLENNEN is a Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA, where she directs the Center for Global Studies and the graduate program in Comparative Literature.

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