By Alison Dagnes (auth.)
This ebook examines why there are so few conservative political satirists this day and explores the implications of this imbalance.
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Mr. Stewart cleverly claims to advance the tenets of democracy during his nightly assignations while in truth leading the Children of Democracy astray. He plants in them a false knowledge, a trendy awareness that turns them into bawdy villains and wastrels . . 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 their work, as in most other political comedy, these writers use metaphor, sarcasm, and straight political humor in conjunction with satire. And yet I consider Durst and Borowitz—and Stewart, Lewis Black, Peter Sagal, and others—to be satirists. They use this form enough to qualify, even as they use it in combination with other forms of humor. Since this book is more expansive in its inquiry, and since there are so few pure satirists today, I use the terms “satire” and “political humor” together to explain the general trends in modern political comedy.
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A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor by Alison Dagnes (auth.)