A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped by Ted Gournelos

By Ted Gournelos

A Decade of darkish Humor analyzes ways that renowned and visible tradition used humor-in numerous forms-to confront the assaults of September eleven, 2001 and, extra particularly, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary quantity brings jointly students from 4 nations to debate the impression of humor and irony on either media discourse and tangible political truth. in addition, it demonstrates that laughter is concurrently an road by which social matters are deferred or obfuscated, a manner during which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a method of forming substitute political ideologies.The volume's individuals hide a extensive diversity of media productions, together with information parodies (The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart, The Colbert document, The Onion), television roundtable exhibits (Politically flawed with invoice Maher), comedian strips and cartoons (Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks, Jeff Danzinger's editorial cartoons), tv drama (Rescue Me), lively satire (South Park), picture novels (Art Spiegelman's within the Shadow of No Towers), documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11), and different productions.Along with interpreting the rhetorical tools and aesthetic innovations of those productions, the essays position every one in particular political and journalistic contexts, exhibiting how businesses, information retailers, and political associations answered to-and occasionally co-opted-these sorts of humor.

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VIKINGS Yeaaaah! The Vikings wade ashore, enchanted by the paradise they see before them. All at once Thorfinn spies something. He draws his sword and they all approach with caution to find that under a weeping willow tree lies the most beautiful girl. She is raven-haired, scantily dressed and fast asleep. The Vikings approach her with trepidation, their swords and axes drawn. They glance around uneasily. SNORRI (whispers) She's got no clothes on! THORFINN It's disgusting. ERIK Get her weapons.

Erik is totally non-plussed. ERIK LOKI! Where did YOU come from? LOKI Halfdan wanted to stop you waking the Gods... so... I disguised myself to sabotage their plans. Erik has meanwhile been joined by the remaining comrades. LOKI To save YOU, Erik. Erik is about to say "But how can you see me? " ERIK But – LOKI It was my master Keitel's idea. All eyes turn on Keitel who looks very uncomfortable. LOKI Wasn't it, Keitel? KEITEL Well... I... I thought... Keitel is overcome b the power of Loki's will, but he is deeply ashamed of his complicity in Loki's deeds.

The camera closes in on Keitel. Suddenly a voice comes from the shadows: VOICE (whispering) Keitel! Keitel Blacksmith! Keitel opens his eyes and finds Loki close beside him. LOKI What's the matter, Keitel Blacksmith? Have you forgotten why you came on this voyage? Keitel is silent. LOKI Are you going to let Erik wake the Gods? KEITEL How can we stops him now? Loki looks around and then opens his hand in front of Keitel. In it is the mouthpiece from the Horn Resounding. LOKI Take this and throw it from the cliff heights.

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