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Political satire and its disruptive potential: irony and cynicism in Russia and the US

Brock, Maria 2018. Political satire and its disruptive potential: irony and cynicism in Russia and the US. Culture, Theory and Critique 59 (3) , pp. 281-298. 10.1080/14735784.2018.1496843

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Abstract

When cynical distance and ironic posturing have become the prevalent means of relating to public life, political humour is no longer considered subversive. It has been argued that both in Russia and the United States, ideology has co-opted satire, meaning that citizens can consume outrage passively through various satirical media products, thereby displacing outrage and abstaining from more active forms of resistance. This articles explores the twenty-first century potential of irony and cynicism to disrupt and subvert through parody, be it in the form of political satire or ironic protest, examining how similar paradigms are expressed across different geographical contexts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1473-5784
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 2 July 2018
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 14:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115928

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