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Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life

Author: S Robert Lichter; Jody C Baumgartner; Jonathan S Morris
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Are late-night comedians merely entertaining, or do they have the power to influence the way we think about politics and politicians? The authors examine the historical context of political humor and demonstrate how the public turn to this venue for political information, and are in turn affected by it. They conduct an analysis of political jokes on late night TV shows dating back to 1992 in order to pinpoint the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Robert Lichter; Jody C Baumgartner; Jonathan S Morris
ISBN: 9780813347172 0813347173
OCLC Number: 868037919
Description: xvi, 253 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: politics is a funny business --
The rise of late night comedy --
A funny thing happened on the way to the White House --
Politicians behaving badly --
What's so funny? --
Laughing matters? --
If you can't beat them, join them --
Political humor: prospect and retrospect.
Responsibility: S. Robert Lichter, George Mason University, Jody C. Baumgartner, East Carolina University, Jonathan S. Morris, East Carolina University ; with the assistance of Daniel Amundson.

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