The Daily Show and Rhetoric

The Daily Show and Rhetoric : Arguments, Issues, and Strategies

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The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues, and Strategies examines the popular Comedy Central program from a rhetorical perspective to uncover the ways in which Jon Stewart, the cast, and writers critique mainstream media and politicians. This volume analyzes the nature of The Daily Show, the arguments the program makes about the media and politics, the strategies that are used, and some of the particular issues about which the program makes arguments. Overall, the contributors skillfully demonstrate that The Daily Show is more than just a show designed to make the audience laugh. Rather, the show provides useful information and arguments so that the audience can make informed decisions about the world around them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739150030
  • 9780739150030
  • 2,185,927

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Trischa Goodnow's The Daily Show and Rhetoric: Arguments, Issues, and Strategies is an important contribution toward the study of an important artifact of contemporary popular culture. This volume assembles a strong, diverse set of voices to explore the significance of this television series. The book not only illuminates its object of study but suggests several ways to understand the intersection of popular culture and rhetorical media. -- Barry Brummett, University of Texas-Austin In her introduction to this objective essay collection, Goodnow (Oregon State Univ.) asserts The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an entertainment program on Comedy Central, persuades by means of political satire. In their 13 essays, contributors compare The Daily Show to traditional news; consider the political arguments that host Jon Stewart makes; discuss strategies used to inform audiences; and contemplate the ways in which the show handles specific issues, such as race, religion, and sexual preference. The volume is similar to Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post Network Era, ed. by Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey Jones, and Ethan Thompson (CH, Sep'09, 47-0107), but is of course more limited topically. Accordingly, it is a resource for those maintaining comprehensive collections in political communication. CHOICE
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About Trischa Goodnow

Trischa Goodnow is associate professor in the Department of Speech Communication at Oregon State University.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Section I - The Nature of the Beast Chapter 3 Chapter 1: The Arete of Amusement: An Aristotelian Perspective on the Ethos of The Daily Show Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Before and After The Daily Show: Freedom and Consequences in Political Satire Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Cramer vs. (Jon Stewart's Characterization of) Cramer: Image Repair Rhetoric, Late Night Political Humor, and The Daily Show Part 6 Section II - Arguments Chapter 7 Chapter 4: The (Not-So) Laughable Political Argument: A Close-Textual Analysis of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Models of Democratic Deliberation: Pharmacodynamic Agonism in The Daily Show Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Purifying Laughter: Carnivalesque Self-Parody as Argument Scheme in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Chapter 10 Chapter 7: The Voice of the People: Jon Stewart, Vernacular Argument and Political Satire Part 11 Section III - Strategies Chapter 12 Chapter 8: We Frame to Please: A Preliminary Examination of The Daily Show's Use of Framing Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Breaking News: A Postmodern Rhetorical Analysis of The Daily Show Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Visual Aspects of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Part 15 Section IV - Issues Chapter 16 Chapter 11: Gaywatch: A Burkean Frame Analysis of The Daily Show's Treatment of Queer Topics Chapter 17 Chapter 12: A Modern Hebrew Prophet?: Jon Stewart and Religious Satire Chapter 18 Chapter 13: The Daily Show and Barack Obama's Comic Critique of Whiteness: An Intersection of Popular and Political Rhetoric
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