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Satire and Dissent


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Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Poking Holes in the Spectacle
2. Ironic Authenticity
3. Truthiness and Consequences in Parodic News
4. Heroes and Villains: Satiric Documentarians Spearhead the Debate
5. Irony in Activism
6. Moving beyond CritiqueNotes

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Satire and new media in the American political landscape

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Amber Day is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the English and Cultural Studies Department at Bryant University.


"The use of irony and satire in politics... has become a leading characteristic of left-liberal politics in the new millennium. Amber Day argues persuasively why this has come to be, while explaining its mechanics and exploring its function and effect." Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy "An excellent book, rich with detail and argument, sparkling with intelligence. Day illustrates how irony and satire are vital components of today's political system, and she charts their performative uses across popular culture with skill and panache." Jonathan Gray, author of Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts "Amber Day's critical study of parodic television shows, satiric documentaries, and ironic activism reveals how comedy became an important means for political dissent during the past decade, and why it continues to be a vital resource for democratic renewal." Robert Hariman, Northwestern University "Day deftly demonstrates the power of satire as a means of political critique and engagement. Casting a wide net, she examines how such critiques are performed in numerous media and genres, on and off the screen. Day adds an important new voice, advancing significant theoretical insights. This is a "don't miss" volume." Jeffrey P. Jones, author of Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement

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