Entertaining Politics / Edition 1by Jeffrey P. Jones
Pub. Date: 10/28/2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Entertaining Politics examines humorous political talk shows on television—Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Dennis Miller Live. The book challenges the assumption that these shows have dumbed down politics, as well as the idea that television in general is a primary cause of civic disengagement. By investigating the
Entertaining Politics examines humorous political talk shows on television—Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Dennis Miller Live. The book challenges the assumption that these shows have dumbed down politics, as well as the idea that television in general is a primary cause of civic disengagement. By investigating the production, content, and audiences for such programming, Jeffrey Jones contends that these shows provide important alternatives to traditional elite political and news sources. He shows how these comedic political commentators have revived political humor as an accessible and potent means of political critique in times of postmodern crisis. Bridging the fields of political communication and cultural studies, Entertaining Politics makes the case for how and why popular culture is an increasingly powerful force in shaping our civic culture—and why this isn't always a negative.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments Part 2 Part I: Television and Politics Today Chapter 3 1 Introduction: The Changing Face of Politics on Television Chapter 4 2 Rethinking Civic Engagement in the Age of Popular Culture Part 5 Part II: Producing New Political Talk Chapter 6 3 From Insiders to Outsiders: The Advent of New Political Television Chapter 7 4 The Rise and Fall of Politically Incorrect Part 8 Part III: Humor, Outrage, and Common Sense in Popular Political Discourse Chapter 9 5 The Comedian-Talk Show Host as Political Commentator: Dennis Miller, Bill Maher, and Jon Stewart Chapter 10 6 The Common Sense of Nonsense: Parody and Political Critique Chapter 11 7 The Competing Senses of Political Insiders and Outsiders Part 12 Part IV: Audiences For New Political Television Chapter 13 8 Audience Engagement with Politically Incorrect Chapter 14 9 Conclusion: Entertaining Politics in American Civic Culture Chapter 15 Appendix: Methodology for Audience Research
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