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Irony and outrage : the polarized landscape of rage, fear, and laughter in the United States

Author: Dannagal G Young
Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For almost a decade, journalists and pundits have been asking why we don't see successful examples of political satire from conservatives or of opinion talk radio from liberals. This book turns that question on its head to argue that opinion talk is the political satire of the right and political satire is the opinion programming of the left. They look and feel like two different animals because their audiences are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Young, Dannagal G., author.
Irony and outrage.
New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2020]
(DLC) 2019980569
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dannagal G Young
ISBN: 9780190913083 0190913088
OCLC Number: 1104214949
Description: xii, 267 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
Contents: The counterculture versus the hate clubs of the air --
Political and technological changes that created Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly --
Outrage and satire as responses and antidotes --
The psychology of satire --
Who gets the joke? --
The psychology of the left and the right --
The psychological roots of humor's liberal bias --
The aesthetics of outrage --
Satire and outrage : parallel functions and impact --
Air America : liberal outrage can't escape the comedy --
Irony and outrage : wild raccoon versus a well-trained attack dog.
Responsibility: Dannagal Goldthwaite Young.

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"For almost a decade, journalists and pundits have been asking why we don't see successful examples of political satire from conservatives or of opinion talk radio from liberals. This book turns that question on its head to argue that opinion talk is the political satire of the right and political satire is the opinion programming of the left. They look and feel like two different animals because their audiences are literally, two different animals. In Irony and Outrage, political and media psychologist Dannagal Goldthwaite Young explores the aesthetics, underlying logics, and histories of these two seemingly distinct genres, making the case that they should be thought of as the logical extensions of the psychology of the left and right, respectively. One genre is guided by ambiguity, play, deliberation, and openness, while the other is guided by certainty, vigilance, instinct, and boundaries. While the audiences for Sean Hannity and John Oliver come from opposing political ideologies, both are high in political interest, knowledge, and engagement, and both lack faith in many of our core democratic institutions. Young argues that the roles that these two genres play for their viewers are strikingly similar: galvanizing the opinion of the left or the right, mobilizing citizens around certain causes, and expressing a frustration with traditional news coverage while offering alternative sources of information and meaning. One key way in which they differ, however, concludes Young, is in their capacity to be exploited by special interests and political elites." --

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