- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2014 edition (October 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1137427965
- ISBN-13: 978-1137427960
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics 2014th Edition
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McClennen and Maisel move us well beyond the assumption that satire is something "done" to us, recognizing instead that satire is tool through which citizens--professional and amateur provocateurs alike--engage the political world in playful, critical, and positive ways. This most helpful book leads us see that satire is, ultimately, a language through which citizen engagement is being redefined through media activism. ---Jeffrey P. Jones, Lambdin Kay Chair, Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, and author of Entertaining Politics
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I bought it recently since I'm a fan of Colbert and Stewart. I watch their shows every night. A week later I'm almost finished reading this well-written, entertaining, and smart book that keeps pulling you into turning the next page. Even though I watch the Colbert Report and The Daily Show on a regular basis, this book offered me an additional, new, and innovative lens through which I can now better understand the satire and messages these shows try to convey. Plus, if you're interested in a detailed description of what satire is and how it works, and its role in American society, both modern and historical, this is a great source.
Sophia and Remy have done a wonderful job writing this book! I highly recommend it!
The next day, the teacher asked me to stay after class. Turns out, she loved satire.
And since then, I've loved satire, too. And that's why I was excited to read Sophia McClennen and Remy M. Maisel's Is Satire Saving Our Nation? I found the book gave me a new appreciation of the power that satire has -- and the power it will undoubtedly hold in the future as the Millennial Generation, thoroughly immersed in Colbert and Stewart, begin to assert themselves in the political and occupational arenas.
Every student of satire -- and my junior high school English teacher -- should read this.
The imaginary line in the sand outlined doesn't seem to see how arbitrary that line becomes when discussing satire or humor. A recent article by the author further expands upon a cartoonist's illustration that was attempting to point out an absurd concept of a 'Draw Muhammad" day. Sophia missed the point of the cartoon and instead took the joke literally. This became the foundation of her accusation that the cartoonist was spewing hate-speech and fear-mongering. Aside from the overuse of the buzzwords that mean little, the idea that creating art that might be disagreeable to a person or peoples is automatically hate speech is outdated and ill-informed. The writing style feels as though you are listening to a very opinionated person shout at you while their fingers plug their ears. The title is misleading to say the least, and the approach too narrow minded to be of much use.