Popular Culture and the Future of Politics

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics

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Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park argues that progressives should perceive the connections among media, policy, and culture beyond the limits of qpoliticsq and qnewsq. With sustained analyses of groundbreaking contemporary examples of what has become known as qconvergence culture, q Ted Gournelos brings together a wide range of media without sacrificing depth. His examples, such as South Park, The Simpsons, The Onion, The Daily Show, Chappelle's show and The Boondocks, are chosen for their political scope and social impact and demonstrate the ways in which what we know as qpoliticsq is rapidly changing. The book's forays into established fields like feminist, race, and queer theory are combined with perspectives drawn from political economy and rhetoric to demonstrate the power of irony, humor, and cultural dissonance in modern approaches to dissonant cultural politics.A satirical newspaper founded in 1988 in Madison, Wisconsin, by two University of Wisconsin juniors, The Onion mimics ... absurdity of news rhetoric not by calling attention to aquot;realaquot; news, but rather inventing stories that are so absurd their construction ... source) to suggest that 71% of aquot;winners, aquot; including aquot; successful business executives, lawyers, scientists, and civic leadersaquot; use drugs ( Umansky 2000).

Title:Popular Culture and the Future of Politics
Author:Ted Gournelos
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2009


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