Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political by Jeffrey P. Jones

By Jeffrey P. Jones

During this thoroughly revised and up-to-date version (including 8 new chapters), Jeffrey Jones charts the evolution and maturation of political leisure tv via analyzing The day-by-day exhibit with Jon Stewart, The Colbert record, Politically Incorrect/Real Time with invoice Maher, and Michael Moore's television state and the bleak fact. This quantity investigates how and why those exhibits were critical destinations for the critique of political and financial strength and a tremendous source for electorate in the course of various political crises. In an age of Truthiness, faux information and funny political speak have confirmed themselves attainable types of substitute reporting and demanding ability for ascertaining fact, and within the method, wondering the legitimacy of reports media's position because the fundamental mediator of political lifestyles. The ebook additionally addresses the continual claims that those courses have cynical results and create misinformed younger voters, demonstrating as an alternative how such programming presents for an educated, lively, and significant citizenship. the recent version takes account of the various alterations that experience happened in tv and political tradition on the grounds that enjoyable Politics' preliminary unencumber. [Storm]

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They are fake news and pundit shows, respectively, but also engage in serious (or playfully serious) political talk and discussions with guests in the second half of the program. 41 Chapter 2 concludes this opening chapter’s review of television and politics today by asking us to rethink what engagement with public life means when citizens most often encounter politics through popular media texts, not through physical participation in political/spectacle events or even through the organizations of civil society—both of which have dominated democratic theory (normatively and empirically) as the proper means and modes of civic engagement.

Nor does it accurately represent the ways in which people attend to politics—in passing, cursorily, mixed in with other activities, from various media and across numerous subjects. In short, holding onto a conception of citizenship born from a rational-critical standard is perhaps 26 Chapter 2 noble, but it is an inappropriate means for assessing the relationship of television to politics. 22 What this chapter offers, then, is some reflection on contemporary citizenship practices that involve media and popular culture generally—and television specifically—practices that challenge the assumptions held by critics of the medium.

Second, with the explosion of television shows/clips and user-generated video across the Internet, the chapter tries to come to terms with what such accessibility/availability means for the circulation of the types of thinking advanced by new political television. Third, the discussion examines persistent questions that dog the genre of political entertainment television, in particular, questions of race, gender, and ideology. The chapter interrogates the boundaries of entertaining political talk and fake news—who gets to participate, in what ways, and with what restrictions—in an effort to understand the positioning of entertaining politics within the broader landscape of media and contemporary political culture.

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