Drawn To Extremes

Drawn To Extremes

by Chris Lamb
     
 

ISBN-10: 023113066X

ISBN-13: 9780231130660

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In 2006, a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicted the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. The cartoon created an international incident, with offended Muslims attacking Danish embassies and threatening the life of the cartoonist. Editorial cartoons have been called the most extreme form of criticism society will allow, but not all cartoons are tolerated.

Overview

In 2006, a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicted the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. The cartoon created an international incident, with offended Muslims attacking Danish embassies and threatening the life of the cartoonist. Editorial cartoons have been called the most extreme form of criticism society will allow, but not all cartoons are tolerated. Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, celebrities, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have made important contributions to and offered critical commentary on our society. Today, however, many syndicated cartoons are relatively generic and gag-related, reflecting a weakening of the newspaper industry's traditional watchdog function. Chris Lamb offers a richly illustrated and engaging history of a still vibrant medium that "forces us to take a look at ourselves for what we are and not what we want to be." The 150 drawings in Drawn to Extremes have left readers howling-sometimes in laughter, but often in protest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231130660
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
0.81(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. "You Should've Been in the World Trade Center!"2. "President Bush Has Been Reading Doonesbury and Taking It Much Too Seriously"3. "No Honest Man Need Fear Cartoons"4. "McCarthyism"5. "Second-Class Citizens of the Editorial Page"6. "We Certainly Don't Want to Make People Uncomfortable Now, Do We?"7. "That's Not a Definition of Libel; That's a Job Description"8. "Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable"NotesIndex

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