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.
Acknowledgments 1. "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" Notes Index
What People are Saying About This
Roger A. Fischer
Judiciously balancing the mission of American editorial cartoonists with the restraints imposed by their editors and publishers, shrinking opportunities in print journalism, and public censorship in times of crisis, Professor Lamb has produced a volume rich in its insights and perspectives.
Roger A. Fischer, author of Them Damned Pictures and professor emeritus of history, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
The insightfully selected cartoons alone are worth the book.