America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy by S. McClennen

By S. McClennen

Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert easily enjoyable or is it strong political satire? Does it entertain audience or does it empower them? Or does it educate us that during today’s media-saturated global these binaries make no experience? the United States in line with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy claims that Colbert’s satire fosters severe puzzling over social concerns, encourages lively citizenship, and entertains the viewer—all even as. the 1st ebook to hide a few of the subject matters and lines of The Colbert document, the United States in keeping with Colbert deals readers perception into the strong ways in which Colbert’s comedy demanding situations the cult of lack of know-how that has threatened significant public debate and social discussion when you consider that September 11.

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Geoffrey Nunberg points out in Talking Right that the right had long captured the ability to set the tone and meaning for important words linked to public democracy. ”32 Colbert’s own satire directly aims at these same practices. One of his primary targets has long been the public’s acceptance of biased, illogical, unsubstantiated ideas as true. Colbert did not take aim at the general public, though. Instead he focused on the sources of these ideas: Bush, his administration, right-wing pundits, and inane media were all under fire that night.

Indd 27 9/20/2011 9:25:58 PM 28 A m e r ic a A c c or di ng t o C ol be r t disturbing and might lead people to look away in discomfort. He suggests, along with most critics who believe that a vital democracy depends on an informed citizenry, that a news media driven by ratings and revenue can never adequately serve the public. News media that functions as entertainment media harms democracy by distracting the public rather than informing and educating it. This problem, though, enters into new realms of civic disaster when a democratic nation is at war and when that war seems to carry none of the sorts of checks and balances of previous ones.

In an unprecedented move for the network, C-SPAN demanded that YouTube and iFilm remove unauthorized copies of the video from their sites. Google Video subsequently purchased the exclusive rights to retransmit the video and it remained at or near the top of Google’s most popular videos for the next two weeks. indd 34 9/20/2011 9:25:58 PM I S t a n d b y Th i s M a n ● ● ● 35 Both Editor & Publisher and Salon, which published extensive and early coverage of the Colbert speech, drew record and near-record numbers of viewers to their websites.

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