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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy
     

America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy

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by S. McClennen
 

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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy post 9/11 argues that, in contrast to the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that tend to govern most mass media today, Stephen Colbert's program offers his audience the opportunity to understand the context through which most news is reported and to be critical of it.

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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy post 9/11 argues that, in contrast to the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that tend to govern most mass media today, Stephen Colbert's program offers his audience the opportunity to understand the context through which most news is reported and to be critical of it.

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"America According to Colbert demonstrates that Colbert's work is also a form of public pedagogy, teaching his audiences to be distrustful of power and fools, and to view all politicians, pundits, and politics itself with mistrust. McClennen's well-written and documented study brilliantly illuminates the Colbert phenomenon and its importance for contemporary politics, journalism, and popular culture today." - Douglas Kellner, Professor, UCLA; author of Guys and Guns Amok and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy

"America According to Colbert is beautifully readable and delightfully smart; rich in examples and conceptual frame. McClennen gives us a master class in the critical pedagogy of Colbert." - Geoffrey Baym, Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies, University of North Carolina Greensboro

"An always insightful and often delightful reading of the most sustained and successful exercise in political satire in modern American life. Stephen Colbert would no doubt agree - well, about all but the 'satire' part. Let the eagle soar!" - Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137014726
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Education, Politics and Public Life Series
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Sophia A. McClennen is 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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America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy is a very insightful and thoughtful book. Author Sophia McClennen does an incredible job analyzing the many aspects of Colbert and his over-the-top, far-right character. Considering the show from multiple angles--literary history, politics, and public pedagogy--the book shapes a compelling narration of recent cultural history and provides a keen critical reading of contemporary media. McClennen also considers the many audiences of Colbert (including youth, media, politicians, and his fans), often comparing their respective opinions of and reactions to his work and character. Through these viewpoints, McClennen proves that both Colbert and his show The Colbert Report have a major impact on the way people think about, understand, and engage in politics. In her book, McClennen spares no details, taking every train of thought as far as possible in a deeply attentive and inquisitive way. She effectively acknowledges how funny Colbert is while also suggesting his potential for influencing audience members to think beyond the laughs. McClennen balances smart criticism with an intense anatomy of how Colbert takes advantage of his audience's desire to be smarter than the pundits and political systems he satirizes, effectively opening the reader’s eyes to the many subtleties of Colbert’s work he/she likely didn’t notice before. Although at some points the text can be a little tedious and long-winded, it is over a very entertaining and insightful read.