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The Stewart / Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News

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"This is an essential collection of articles, with lots of data, for anyone interested in how fake news works and what it does to people."--John Morreall, College of William and Mary, author, Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor.

"sharply focused, well researched, and accessible, these essays explore the impact of the false news shows on political, cultural, and social life. Amarasingam's collection expands the growing scholarship and adds insight into these two popular and influential television programs. Highly recommended"--Choice

"This is an essential collection of articles, with lots of data, for anyone interested in how fake news works and what it does to people."--John Morreall, College of William and Mary, author, Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor.

"sharply focused, well researched, and accessible, these essays explore the impact of the false news shows on political, cultural, and social life. Amarasingam's collection expands the growing scholarship and adds insight into these two popular and influential television programs. Highly recommended"--Choice

"Today's political establishment is worthy of satirization, and, as a result, the study of political satire is necessary in order to understand our core democratic processes. Essays on Fake News advances our understanding of who is consuming political TV satire, the messages being provided by Stewart and Colbert, and the democratic effects derived from watching these important political information outlets." --R. Lance Holbert, The Ohio State University, co-author, Political Communication in the 21st Century

"Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are not only funny, they are significant forces in the contemporary practice of American politics. This volume offers an excellent study of how and why their presence matters and deserves serious scholarly attention." --Jeffrey P. Jones, Old Dominion University, author, Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement

"For millions of people, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have become a favorite source of news, information, and political commentary. The contributors to this collection help us both to better understand why, and to think through the potential effects of so many people's fascination with Stewart and Colbert. The result is a thought-provoking book that any student, fan, or skeptic of the two shows should have on the shelf." --Geoffrey Baym, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, author, From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

"Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are not only funny, they are significant forces in the contemporary practice of American politics. This volume offers an excellent study of how and why their presence matters and deserves serious scholarly attention." --Jeffrey P. Jones, Old Dominion University, author, Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement

"For millions of people, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have become a favorite source of news, information, and political commentary. The contributors to this collection help us both to better understand why, and to think through the potential effects of so many people's fascination with Stewart and Colbert. The result is a thought-provoking book that any student, fan, or skeptic of the two shows should have on the shelf." --Geoffrey Baym, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, author, From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

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"This is an essential collection of articles, with lots of data, for anyone interested in how fake news works and what it does to people."--John Morreall, College of William and Mary, author, Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786458860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786458868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amarnath Amarasingam is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University, and also teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (under contract with The University of Georgia Press). His research interests are in diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, surveillance, social movements, radicalization and terrorism, media studies, and the sociology of religion. He is the editor of The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over forty national and international conferences, and has contributed op-ed pieces to Al-Jazeera English, The Daily Beast, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post and Groundviews. He can be reached at amarnath0330@gmail.com

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A good read for Colbert (and Daily Show) fans out there.
The book is a bit pricy ($40 Amazon) but there's a Kindle version for < $15. I will be using part or all of this book for one or two courses I plan to teach this academic year. One reviewer notes the "dry" first part (the social science articles.) But, as a political scientist, I LIKE reading about Party ID! Second part is, admittedly, great fun--esp. an essay on the links between Colbert/Stewart and court jesters in days of old. Thanks to this book, prepping for my fall classes is FUN!
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While dealing with an inherently interesting and entertaining topic, the introduction and the essays in the first half of this book will perhaps prove to be a bit too scientific (dry, lifeless, objective) for the taste of many readers who would otherwise be attracted to this work. The essays in the second half are more speculative and theoretical, and therefore much more compelling, intriguing, and enjoyable to read. This is especially the case with Julia Fox's analysis of Stewart and Colbert within the context of the history and significance of court jesters.
Overall, a very well-written and important book for those interested in current affairs, media studies, info-tainment, and the excesses and foibles of American popular culture.
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Bought this for a school independent research project on political satire, and it was an indispensable resource! After the research project was finished, I read it on my own time for fun! I enjoyed all of the essays, but the McBeth and Clemons one, "Is Fake News the Real News?" was my favorite. I was new to political science and media studies, but the book did a great job of avoiding jargon while retaining the delicious complexity of Colbert and Stewart's satires.
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