Satire Tv

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Overview

Satirical TV has become mandatory viewing for citizens wishing to make sense of the bizarre contemporary state of political life. Shifts in industry economics and audience tastes have re-made television comedy, once considered a wasteland of escapist humor, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to animated sitcoms and mash-up videos, satire has become an important avenue for processing politics in informative and entertaining ways, and satire TV is now its own thriving, viable television genre.
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Editorial Reviews

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Satire TV represents a valuable investigation into the somplex relationships among mediated politics, televisual comedy, media reception, and democratic participation. With academic studies of comedy still representing a somewhat small (but ever-growing) facet of the media studies canon, Gray, Jones, and Thompson's anthology represents a worthy primer on the broad functions of satirical media, a timely investigation of a contemporary televisual phenomenon, and an argument for further examination of the political dimensions of television comedy."-Evan Elkins,Scope Cinema Journal

"Satire TV presents twelve well written essays, rife with deep analysis of the value of satire television and its functions toward breaking down elitist discourse and creating oppotunities for pubilc content."-James Maritato,Journal of the American Forensic Association

“These sharp, compelling essays respond to the current state of American politics, which is characterized by politicians abandoning shame, news media trivializing political news, and commentators screaming at one another. . . . Many young Americans consider satirical television news their primary source of news, and this volume helps one understand why. Stewart, Colbert, et al. take news seriously. They may be the only ones left on television who do. . . . Highly recommended.”
-Choice,

“This smart and savvy crew has noticed something creeping up on us, something with bite. Now we have to take satire TV seriously; it turns out to be the bearer of the democratic spirit for the post-broadcast age. In this field-shaping book, some of the brightest talents in TV studies show us how the marginal has become the model for a much-needed media make-over. See what happens when entertainment bares its teeth.”
-John Hartley,author of Television Truths

“It has been said that if you have to explain a joke, it’s not funny. This wonderful collection proves that nothing could be farther from the truth. Satire TV takes the study of comedy in new directions, expanding beyond earlier work done on classical Hollywood cinema and the sitcom. In politically trying times, the contributors to this volume reveal through analysis of programs such as South Park, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report, laughter is not the best medicine—it is the surgeon's scalpel.”
-Heather Hendershot,editor of Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics and Economics of America’s Only TV Channel for Kids

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814731987
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2012
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Gray is associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Television Entertainment and Watching with The Simpsons: Television, Parody, and Intertextuality and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era and Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World (both available from NYU Press).

Jeffrey P. Jones is Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. He is the author of Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Civic Culture and co-editor of The Essential HBO Reader.

Ethan Thompson is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture, and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David Marc ix

Part I Post 9/11, Post Modern, of Just Post Network?

1 The State of Satire, the Satire of State Jonathan Gray Jeffrey P. Jones Ethan Thompson 3

2 With All Due Respect: Satirizing Presidents from Saturday Night Live to Lil' Bush Jeffrey P. Jones 37

3 Tracing the "Fake" Candidate in American Television Comedy Heather Osborne-Thompson 64

Part II Fake News, Real Funny

4 And Now... the News? Mimesis and the Real in The Daily Show Amber Day 85

5 Jon Stewart and The Daily Show: I Thought You Were Going to Be Funny! Joanne Morreale 104

6 Stephen Colbert's Parody of the Postmodern Geoffrey Baym 124

Part III Building in the Critical Rubble: Between Deconstruction and Reconstruction

7 Throwing Out the Welcome Mat: Public Figures as Guests and Victims in TV Satire Jonathan Gray 147

8 Speaking "Truth" to Power? Television Satire, Rick Mercer Report, and the Politics of Place and Space Serra Tinic 167

9 Why Mitt Romney Won't Debate a Snowman Henry Jenkins 187

Part IV Shock and Guffaw: The Limits of Satire

10 Good Demo, Bad Taste: South Park as Carnivalesque Satire Ethan Thompson 213

11 In the Wake of "The Nigger Pixie": Dave Chappelle and the Politics of Crossover Comedy Bambi Haggins 233

12 Of Niggas and Citizens: The Boondocks Fans and Differentiated Black American Politics Avi Santo 252

About the Contributors 275

Index 277

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