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A Conservative Walks Into a Bar

A Conservative Walks Into a Bar [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137270349
Publisher: Springer
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A Conservative Walks Into a Bar by Book Resume:

Conservative critics argue that modern political satire, in the age of The Daily Show, has a liberal bias. A quick review of the humor landscape shows that there are very few conservative political satirists, and using personal interviews with political humorists this book explains why. The book explores the history of satire, the comedy profession, and the nature of satire itself to examine why there is an ideological imbalance in political humor and it explores the consequences of this disparity. This book will appeal to Daily Show and Colbert fans, political junkies, and anyone interested in the intersection of politics and media.

Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency

Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498592759
Author: Mehnaaz Momen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Political Satire, Postmodern Reality, and the Trump Presidency by Mehnaaz Momen Book Resume:

This book is an in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of the takeover of politics by entertainment. The author looks for answers in the parallel evolution of satire, the media, and politics, and how each has influenced the other and the implications of this interconnectedness for political discourse.

Irony and Outrage

Irony and Outrage [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 019091310X
Author: Dannagal Goldthwaite Young
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Irony and Outrage by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young Book Resume:

For almost a decade, journalists and pundits have been asking why we don't see successful examples of political satire from conservatives or of opinion talk radio from liberals. This book turns that question on its head to argue that opinion talk is the political satire of the right and political satire is the opinion programming of the left. They look and feel like two different animals because their audiences are literally, two different animals. In Irony and Outrage, political and media psychologist Dannagal Goldthwaite Young explores the aesthetics, underlying logics, and histories of these two seemingly distinct genres, making the case that they should be thought of as the logical extensions of the psychology of the left and right, respectively. One genre is guided by ambiguity, play, deliberation, and openness, while the other is guided by certainty, vigilance, instinct, and boundaries. While the audiences for Sean Hannity and John Oliver come from opposing political ideologies, both are high in political interest, knowledge, and engagement, and both lack faith in many of our core democratic institutions. Young argues that the roles that these two genres play for their viewers are strikingly similar: galvanizing the opinion of the left or the right, mobilizing citizens around certain causes, and expressing a frustration with traditional news coverage while offering alternative sources of information and meaning. One key way in which they differ, however, concludes Young, is in their capacity to be exploited by special interests and political elites. Drawing on decades of research on political and media psychology and media effects, as well as historical accounts and interviews with comedians and comedy writers, Young unpacks satire's liberal "bias" and juxtaposes it with that of outrage's conservative "bias." She details how traits like tolerance for ambiguity and the motivation to engage with complex ideas shape our preferences for art, music, and literature; and how those same traits correlate with political ideology. In turn, she illustrates how these traits help explain why liberals and conservatives vary in the genres of political information they prefer to create and consume.

Man Walks Into A Bar 2

Man Walks Into A Bar 2 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1446458784
Author: Jonathan Swan
Publisher: Random House
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Man Walks Into A Bar 2 by Jonathan Swan Book Resume:

Man Walks Into A Bar 2 is the second volume of the hugely popular and hilariously funny joke book series. A one-stop shop for anyone who likes to hear and tell jokes. The jokes are ordered thematically - wives, husbands, doctors, lawyers, the French, the Germans, jokes about nuns, jokes about monkeys, the lot. There are also regular panels which group jokes by type too - Essex girls, changing a lightbulb etc. Our material will turn you into the toast of your local pub or make you loathed in your own home - remember, it is all in the telling. From the sublimely erudite to stuff Frank Carson would turn down, this book can service you with every joke you'll ever need. Including such gems as the following: Why have elephants got big ears? Because Noddy won't pay the ransom. A magic tractor is driving down a country road and turns into a field. An amnesiac walks into a bar. 'Do I come here often?' I went to a book shop and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was. She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose. How do you know when you're a pirate? You just arrrrrggghh.

Political Humor in a Changing Media Landscape

Political Humor in a Changing Media Landscape [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1498565093
Author: Jody C Baumgartner,Amy B. Becker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Political Humor in a Changing Media Landscape by Jody C Baumgartner,Amy B. Becker Book Resume:

This book is devoted to anticipating and addressing where the field of political humor and its effects will move in the next generation of scholarship, exploring the continued evolution of the study of political humor as well as the normative implications of these developments.

America Walks into a Bar

America Walks into a Bar [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0199753164
Author: Christine Sismondo
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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America Walks into a Bar by Christine Sismondo Book Resume:

When George Washington bade farewell to his officers, he did so in New York's Fraunces Tavern. When Andrew Jackson planned his defense of New Orleans against the British in 1815, he met Jean Lafitte in a grog shop. And when John Wilkes Booth plotted with his accomplices to carry out an assassination, they gathered in Surratt Tavern. In America Walks into a Bar, Christine Sismondo recounts the rich and fascinating history of an institution often reviled, yet always central to American life. She traces the tavern from England to New England, showing how even the Puritans valued "a good Beere." With fast-paced narration and lively characters, she carries the story through the twentieth century and beyond, from repeated struggles over licensing and Sunday liquor sales, from the Whiskey Rebellion to the temperance movement, from attempts to ban "treating" to Prohibition and repeal. As the cockpit of organized crime, politics, and everyday social life, the bar has remained vital--and controversial--down to the present. In 2006, when the Hurricane Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act was passed, a rider excluded bars from applying for aid or tax breaks on the grounds that they contributed nothing to the community. Sismondo proves otherwise: the bar has contributed everything to the American story. Now in paperback, Sismondo's heady cocktail of agile prose and telling anecdotes offers a resounding toast to taprooms, taverns, saloons, speakeasies, and the local hangout where everybody knows your name.

Satire & The State

Satire & The State [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0429807309
Author: Matt Fotis
Publisher: Routledge
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Satire & The State by Matt Fotis Book Resume:

Satire & The State focuses on performance-based satire, most often seen in sketch comedy, from 1960 to the present, and explores how sketch comedy has shaped the way Americans view the president and themselves. Numerous sketch comedy portrayals of presidents that have seeped into the American consciousness – Chevy Chase’s Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey’s George H.W. Bush, and Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush all worked to shape the actual politician’s public persona. The book analyzes these sketches and many others, illustrating how comedy is at the heart of the health and function of American democracy. At its best, satire aimed at the presidency can work as a populist check on executive power, becoming one of the most important weapons for everyday Americans against tyranny and political corruption. At its worst, satire can reflect and promote racism, misogyny, and homophobia in America. Written for students of Theatre, Performance, Political Science, and Media Studies courses, as well as readers with an interest in political comedy, Satire & The State offers a deeper understanding of the relationship between comedy and the presidency, and the ways in which satire becomes a window into the culture, principles, and beliefs of a country.

The Politics of British Stand-up Comedy

The Politics of British Stand-up Comedy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030011054
Author: Sophie Quirk
Publisher: Springer
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The Politics of British Stand-up Comedy by Sophie Quirk Book Resume:

This Palgrave Pivot questions how a new generation of alternative stand-up comedians and the political world continue to shape and influence each other. The Alternative Comedy Movement of the late 1970s and 1980s can be described as a time of unruly experimentation and left-wing radicalism. This book examines how alternative comedians continue to celebrate these characteristics in the twenty-first century, while also moving into a distinct phase of artistic development as the political context of the 1970s and 1980s loses its immediacy. Sophie Quirk draws on original interviews with comedians including Tom Allen, Josie Long, John-Luke Roberts and Tony Law to chart how alternative comedians are shaped by, and in turn respond to, contemporary political challenges from neoliberalism to Brexit, class controversy to commercialism. She argues that many of our assumptions about comedy’s politics must be challenged and updated. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the working methods and values of today’s alternative comedians.

Standing Up, Speaking Out

Standing Up, Speaking Out [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317328930
Author: Matthew R. Meier,Casey R. Schmitt
Publisher: Routledge
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Standing Up, Speaking Out by Matthew R. Meier,Casey R. Schmitt Book Resume:

In recent decades, some of the most celebrated and culturally influential American oratorical performances have come not from political leaders or religious visionaries, but from stand-up comics. Even though comedy and satire have been addressed by rhetorical scholarship in recent decades, little attention has been paid to stand-up. This collection is an attempt to further cultivate the growing conversation about stand-up comedy from the perspective of the rhetorical tradition. It brings together literatures from rhetorical, cultural, and humor studies to provide a unique exploration of stand-up comedy that both argues on behalf of the form’s capacity for social change and attempts to draw attention to a series of otherwise unrecognized rhetors who have made significant contributions to public culture through comedy.

American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture [2 volumes]

American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture [2 volumes] [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1440854866
Author: Jody C. Baumgartner
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
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American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture [2 volumes] by Jody C. Baumgartner Book Resume:

This two-volume set surveys the profound impact that political humor and satire have had on American culture and politics over the years, paying special attention to the explosion of political humor in today's wide-ranging and turbulent media environment. • Documents the history of political humor in the United States in all of its many forms, with the bulk of coverage weighted toward contemporary political satire and satirists • Covers writers, cartoonists, radio personalities, television and movie performers, and internet celebrities • Profiles influential television programs, movies, and other forms of entertainment that have made their mark on American politics and culture • Includes a chronology of events

Satire and Politics

Satire and Politics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319567748
Author: Jessica Milner Davis
Publisher: Springer
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Satire and Politics by Jessica Milner Davis Book Resume:

This book examines the multi-media explosion of contemporary political satire. Rooted in 18th century Augustan practice, satire’s indelible link with politics underlies today’s universal disgust with the ways of elected politicians. This study interrogates the impact of British and American satirical media on political life, with a special focus on political cartoons and the levelling humour of Australasian satirists.

Israel at the Polls 2015

Israel at the Polls 2015 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351794647
Author: Eithan Orkibi,Manfred Gerstenfeld
Publisher: Routledge
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Israel at the Polls 2015 by Eithan Orkibi,Manfred Gerstenfeld Book Resume:

Less than two years after winning the 2013 elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to dissolve his government, paving the way for general elections. While the initial impression was that the upcoming elections were "pointless" and "unnecessary", the campaign gradually turned into a passionate and dramatic political competition, which reflected – and reenergized – the ideological, social, ethnic and cultural divides of Israeli society. This book describes and analyses a great variety of political, sociological and cultural dimensions of the 2015 elections for the 20th Knesset. Covering issues such as voters’ behaviour, coalition formation, figures of leadership, political identities, political communication and persuasion, this rich collection of essays offers a unique and comprehensive perspective on Israeli political culture in general, and on the Israeli society in the midst of the 2015 elections in particular. It also offers theoretical insight to anyone interested in parliamentary politics and party systems in general. This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Israel Affairs.

Comedy and Critical Thought

Comedy and Critical Thought [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1786604086
Author: Iain MacKenzie,Fred Francis,Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Comedy and Critical Thought by Iain MacKenzie,Fred Francis,Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone Book Resume:

First volume to reflect on both the comedy within critical theory and the role of comedians as practitioners of critique.

Small Screen, Big Feels

Small Screen, Big Feels [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813180090
Author: Melissa Ames
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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Small Screen, Big Feels by Melissa Ames Book Resume:

While television has always played a role in recording and curating history, shaping cultural memory, and influencing public sentiment, the changing nature of the medium in the post-network era finds viewers experiencing and participating in this process in new ways. They skim through commercials, live tweet press conferences and award shows, and tune into reality shows to escape reality. This new era, defined by the heightened anxiety and fear ushered in by 9/11, has been documented by our media consumption, production, and reaction. In Small Screen, Big Feels, Melissa Ames asserts that TV has been instrumental in cultivating a shared memory of emotionally charged events unfolding in the United States since September 11, 2001. She analyzes specific shows and genres to illustrate the ways in which cultural fears are embedded into our entertainment in series such as The Walking Dead and Lost or critiqued through programs like The Daily Show. In the final section of the book, Ames provides three audience studies that showcase how viewers consume and circulate emotions in the post-network era: analyses of live tweets from Shonda Rhimes's drama, How to Get Away with Murder (2010--2020), ABC's reality franchises, The Bachelor (2002--present) and The Bachelorette (2003--present), and political coverage of the 2016 Presidential Debates. Though film has been closely studied through the lens of affect theory, little research has been done to apply the same methods to television. Engaging an impressively wide range of texts, genres, media, and formats, Ames offers a trenchant analysis of how televisual programming in the United States responded to and reinforced a cultural climate grounded in fear and anxiety.

Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy

Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1000378098
Author: Jack Black
Publisher: Routledge
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Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy by Jack Black Book Resume:

In what ways is comedy subversive? This vital new book critically considers the importance of comedy in challenging and redefining our relations to race and racism through the lens of political correctness. By viewing comedy as both a constitutive feature of social interaction and as a necessary requirement in the appraisal of what is often deemed to be ‘politically correct’, this book provides an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to the study of comedy and popular culture. In doing so, it engages with the social and cultural tensions inherent to our understandings of political correctness, arguing that comedy can subversively redefine our approach to ‘PC Debates’, contestations surrounding free speech and the popular portrayal of political correctness in the media and society. Aided by the work of both Slavoj Žižek and Alenka Zupančič, this unique analysis adopts a psychoanalytic/philosophical framework to explore issues of race, racism and political correctness in the widely acclaimed BBC ‘mockumentary’, The Office (UK), as well as a variety of television comedies. Drawing from psychoanalysis, social psychology and philosophy, this book will be highly relevant for postgraduate students and academic researchers studying comedy, race/racism, multiculturalism, political correctness and television/film.

A Man Walks Into a Bar 3

A Man Walks Into a Bar 3 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1409004139
Author: Jonathan Swan
Publisher: Random House
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A Man Walks Into a Bar 3 by Jonathan Swan Book Resume:

Did you hear about the scarecrow that won the Nobel Prize? He was outstanding in his field. What kind of cheese can hide a horse? Mascarpone. What about the red ship and the purple ship that collided at sea? Over one hundred sailors were marooned. Did you hear about the paranoid vegetarian? He always feared the wurst. A blonde Essex girl walked into a bar with an Englishman, and Irishman and a Scotsman, and started to change the lightbulb. The barman asked, 'Is this some kind of joke?' The third in the bestselling series of hilarious joke books - packed full of every kind of joke to make you laugh until your sides split. From elephants to mothers-in-law, priests to chickens, 'knock knock' to 'doctor, doctor' and much more besides, A Man Walks into a Bar 3 contains over 2,500 great new gags. Even Queen Victoria would be amused.

Isn’t that Clever

Isn’t that Clever [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351622617
Author: Steven Gimbel
Publisher: Routledge
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Isn’t that Clever by Steven Gimbel Book Resume:

Isn’t That Clever provides a new account of the nature of humor – the cleverness account – according to which humor is intentional conspicuous acts of playful cleverness. By defining humor in this way, answers can be found to longstanding questions about humor ethics (Are there jokes that are wrong to tell? Are there jokes that can only be told by certain people?) and humor aesthetics (What makes for a good joke? Is humor subjective?). In addition to humor in general, Isn’t That Clever asks questions about comedy as an art form such as whether there are limits to what can be said in dealing with a heckler and how do we determine whether one comedian has stolen jokes from another.

Perspectives on Populism and the Media

Perspectives on Populism and the Media [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3845297395
Author: Benjamin Krämer,Christina Holtz-Bacha
Publisher: Nomos Verlag
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Perspectives on Populism and the Media by Benjamin Krämer,Christina Holtz-Bacha Book Resume:

Der Band vereint ein breites Spektrum von Perspektiven auf das Thema Populismus und Medien. Er bringt verschiedene fachliche und theoretische Ansätze, Beitragende und Beispiele von mehreren Kontinenten und ein breites Spektrum aktueller Themen und Herausforderungen zusammen. Die Kapitel behandeln den Kontext populistischer Kommunikation, Kommunikation durch populistische Akteure, verschiedene Typen populistischer Botschaften (populistische Kommunikation in traditionellen und neuen Medien, populistische Medienkritik, populistische Diskurse zu verschiedenen Themen), Wirkungen und Konsequenzen populistischer Kommunikation, populistische Medienpolitik, aber auch antipopulistische Diskurse. Die Beiträge systematisieren vorhandene Forschung, schlagen neue Ansätze vor oder präsentieren neue Befunde zum Verhältnis von Populismus und Medien. Mit Beiträgen von Caroline Avila, Eleonora Benecchi, Florin Büchel, Donatella Campus, María Esperanza Casullo, Nicoleta Corbu, Ann Crigler, Benjamin De Cleen, Sven Engesser, Nicole Ernst, Frank Esser, Nayla Fawzi, Jana Goyvaerts, André Haller, Kristoffer Holt, Christina Holtz-Bacha, Marion Just, Philip Kitzberger, Magdalena Klingler, Benjamin Krämer, Katharina Lobinger, Philipp Müller, Elena Negrea-Busuioc, Carsten Reinemann, Christian Schemer, Anne Schulz, Christian Schwarzenegger, Torgeir Uberg Nærland, Rebecca Venema, Anna Wagner, Martin Wettstein, Werner Wirth, Dominique Stefanie Wirz


Scandal! [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1623562228
Author: Alison Dagnes,Mark Sachleben
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Scandal! by Alison Dagnes,Mark Sachleben Book Resume:

There are many types of political scandals: sex, corruption, and election scandals are but a few. Political scandals are public events that have tremendous consequence on citizenry and can undermine democratic institutions-when we pay attention to scandal, we risk ignoring weightier matters. This volume brings together an array of academics to explore the impact of political scandals. What makes this book different from others is the wide spectrum of perspectives brought together to help analyze a single subject.

Super Mad at Everything All the Time

Super Mad at Everything All the Time [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030061310
Author: Alison Dagnes
Publisher: Springer
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Super Mad at Everything All the Time by Alison Dagnes Book Resume:

Super Mad at Everything All the Time explores the polarization of American politics through the collapse of the space between politics and culture, as bolstered by omnipresent media. It seeks to explain this perfect storm of money, technology, and partisanship that has created two entirely separate news spheres: a small, enclosed circle for the right wing and a sprawling expanse for everyone else. This leads to two sets of facts, two narratives, and two loudly divergent political sides with extraordinary anger all around. Based on extensive interviews with leading media figures and politicos, this book traces the development of the media machine, giving suggestions on how to restore our national dialogue while defending our right to disagree agreeably.

Talk Show Campaigns

Talk Show Campaigns [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1135911525
Author: Michael Parkin
Publisher: Routledge
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Talk Show Campaigns by Michael Parkin Book Resume:

Over the past twenty years, presidential candidates have developed an entertainment talk show strategy in which they routinely chat with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, and Jon Stewart. In fact, between 1992 and 2012, there have been more than 200 candidate interviews on daytime and late night talk shows with nearly every presidential candidate—from long shot primary contender to major party nominee—hitting the talk show circuit at some point during the campaign. This book explores the development of the entertainment talk show strategy and assesses its impact on presidential campaigns. The chapters mix detailed narrative with extensive empirical data on audiences, content, viewer reaction, and press coverage to explain why candidates have embraced this strategy and the conditions under which these interviews are most likely to meet their expectations. The book also explores how these interviews can enhance campaigns by connecting a critical segment of the voting population with candidates who provide useful political information in a casual setting. Talk Show Campaigns shows that this is more than a gimmick—it’s a key part of how candidates communicate with voters, which reveals a lot about how campaigns have changed over the past two decades.

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear

A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1541788486
Author: Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
Publisher: PublicAffairs
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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling Book Resume:

A tiny American town's plans for radical self-government overlooked one hairy detail: no one told the bears. Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched the Free Town Project, a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government. In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH, a barely populated settlement with one paved road. When they descended on Grafton, public funding for pretty much everything shrank: the fire department, the library, the schoolhouse. State and federal laws became meek suggestions, scarcely heard in the town's thick wilderness. The anything-goes atmosphere soon caught the attention of Grafton's neighbors: the bears. Freedom-loving citizens ignored hunting laws and regulations on food disposal. They built a tent city in an effort to get off the grid. The bears smelled food and opportunity. A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear is the sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying tale of what happens when a government disappears into the woods. Complete with gunplay, adventure, and backstabbing politicians, this is the ultimate story of a quintessential American experiment -- to live free or die, perhaps from a bear.

Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1496835506
Author: Jared N. Champion,Peter C. Kunze
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
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Taking a Stand by Jared N. Champion,Peter C. Kunze Book Resume:

Contributions by Jared N. Champion, Miriam M. Chirico, Thomas Clark, David R. Dewberry, Christopher J. Gilbert, David Gillota, Kathryn Kein, Rob King, Rebecca Krefting, Peter C. Kunze, Linda Mizejewski, Aviva Orenstein, Raúl Pérez, Philip Scepanski, Susan Seizer, Monique Taylor, Ila Tyagi, and Timothy J. Viator Stand-up comedians have a long history of walking a careful line between serious and playful engagement with social issues: Lenny Bruce questioned the symbolic valence of racial slurs, Dick Gregory took time away from the stage to speak alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and—more recently—Tig Notaro challenged popular notions of damaged or abject bodies. Stand-up comedians deploy humor to open up difficult topics for broader examination, which only underscores the social and cultural importance of their work. Taking a Stand: Contemporary US Stand-Up Comedians as Public Intellectuals draws together essays that contribute to the analysis of the stand-up comedian as public intellectual since the 1980s. The chapters explore stand-up comedians as contributors to and shapers of public discourse via their live performances, podcasts, social media presence, and political activism. Each chapter highlights a stand-up comedian and their ongoing discussion of a cultural issue or expression of a political ideology/standpoint: Lisa Lampanelli’s use of problematic postracial humor, Aziz Ansari’s merging of sociology and technology, or Maria Bamford’s emphasis on mental health, to name just a few. Taking a Stand offers a starting point for understanding the work stand-up comedians do as well as its reach beyond the stage. Comedians influence discourse, perspectives, even public policy on myriad issues, and this book sets out to take those jokes seriously.


Godspeed [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1434705013
Author: Britt Merrick
Publisher: David C Cook
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Godspeed by Britt Merrick Book Resume:

Have you ever felt like there’s a higher calling for your life? Something more than the mundane weekly routine of work, eat, sleep, play, and church? In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us to step out of our little, self-centered lives and step into God’s grand mission—His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world. Your heart has been aching for something more, and this is it. Join His mission and change the world.

The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 039363521X
Author: Dan Kaufman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics by Dan Kaufman Book Resume:

National Bestseller The untold story behind the most shocking political upheaval in the country. For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, Wisconsin’s political heritage was overturned, and the state went Republican for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election, elevating Donald J. Trump to the presidency. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country. Dan Kaufman, a Wisconsin native who has been covering the story for several years, traces the history of progressivism that made Wisconsin so widely admired, from the work of celebrated politicians like Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and Gaylord Nelson, to local traditions like Milwaukee’s “sewer socialism,” to the conservationist ideas of Aldo Leopold and the state’s Native American tribes. Kaufman reveals how the “divide-and-conquer” strategy of Governor Scott Walker and his allies pitted Wisconsin’s citizens against one another so powerful corporations and wealthy donors could effectively take control of state government. As a result, laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education were rapidly dismantled. Neither sentimental nor despairing, Kaufman also chronicles the remarkable efforts of citizens who are fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against tremendous odds: Chris Taylor, a Democratic assemblywoman exposing the national conservative infrastructure, Mike Wiggins, the head of a Chippewa tribe battling an out-of-state mining company, and Randy Bryce, the ironworker whose long-shot challenge to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has galvanized national resistance to Trump.

Dear Catastrophe Waitress

Dear Catastrophe Waitress [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1504009665
Author: Brendan Halpin
Publisher: Open Road Media
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Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Brendan Halpin Book Resume:

Mark and Philippa find themselves the subjects of hit breakup songs in different decades and different countries, suffering years of romantic disappointments as a result. Their lives take very different paths, but when their paths cross in adulthood, they may find their biggest humiliation leading to their deepest connection.

Trump's America

Trump's America [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1474458904
Author: Kennedy Liam Kennedy
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Trump's America by Kennedy Liam Kennedy Book Resume:

Explores the cultural and political significance of the election of President TrumpDonald J. Trump's presidency has delivered a seismic shock to the American political system, its public sphere, and to our political culture worldwide. Written by leading scholars across a range of disciplines, as well as professionals in the field of political journalism, this collection of essays offers a deeper understanding of Trump and the impact that his rise to power has had both domestically and worldwide.The first section provides varied perspectives on the realignments of political culture in the United States that signify a paradigm shift, a radical disruption of fundamental beliefs and values about the political process and national identity. The second section of the book focuses on US foreign policy and diplomacy, taking stock of how the Trump presidency has disturbed the international system and US primacy within it. The third section of the book addresses the dynamics and consequences of what has come to be called "e;post-truth"e; politics, where conviction surpasses facts and the norms of political communication have been profoundly disrupted. Liam Kennedy is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin.

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0429672853
Author: Janet M. Gibson
Publisher: Routledge
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An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor by Janet M. Gibson Book Resume:

An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of psychologists’ research on humor. Drawing on research from a variety of psychological perspectives, from cognitive and biological to social and developmental, the book explores factors that affect our detection, comprehension, liking, and use of humor. Throughout the book, theories and paradigms of humor are explored, with each chapter dedicated to a distinct field of psychological research. Covering topics including humor development in children and older adults, humor’s effectiveness in advertisements, cross-cultural psychology and humor’s functions in the workplace, the book addresses the challenges psychologists face in defining and studying humor despite it being a universal and often daily experience. Featuring a wealth of student-friendly features, including learning objectives and classroom activities, An Introduction to the Psychology of Humor is an essential read for all students of humor.

Aqua Regia

Aqua Regia [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0981861164
Author: Enrique Henri
Publisher: Grannys Books Publishing
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Aqua Regia by Enrique Henri Book Resume:

U.S. Treasury Agent Enos Butler s zealous pursuit of justice impresses his superiors at the Department. He s quickly recognized as a man going to the top, a tough guy, single-mindedly dedicated to his career. Fortunately for him, his passive wife waits on him hand and foot, overlooks his late nights at the office and good-naturedly tolerates his control-freak personality. A typical American couple, Frank and Jane Bullock live in a small New England coastal village, raising their son, Henry, and building a prosperous life together. Thankfully, things are starting to gel and the Bullock household beams with heightened expectations for their future. In fact, after one recent event, Frank takes his family out to celebrate their good fortune. On a bluff in Maine overlooking Penobscot Bay, the Bullocks destiny drops into the lethal crosshairs of Agent Butler s unholy charade. From out of nowhere, life delivers a deadly KO. It could have happened to anyone. It could happen to you. In a refreshingly brilliant new voice, Aqua Regia details an incredible saga of crime and suspense; no quarter offered. Pack waders, joggers, KY and Kleenex. You ll need them all. "The path from a cruel life is a difficult road to travel... no-holds-barred thriller that spares nothing on action adventure... For those who like world traveling thrillers... a choice and much recommended pick, not to be overlooked."--Midwest Book Review, March 2013

An Introduction to Infinite Ergodic Theory

An Introduction to Infinite Ergodic Theory [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0821804944
Author: Jon Aaronson
Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.
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An Introduction to Infinite Ergodic Theory by Jon Aaronson Book Resume:

Infinite ergodic theory is the study of measure preserving transformations of infinite measure spaces. The book focuses on properties specific to infinite measure preserving transformations. The work begins with an introduction to basic nonsingular ergodic theory, including recurrence behavior, existence of invariant measures, ergodic theorems, and spectral theory. A wide range of possible ``ergodic behavior'' is catalogued in the third chapter mainly according to the yardsticks of intrinsic normalizing constants, laws of large numbers, and return sequences. The rest of the book consists of illustrations of these phenomena, including Markov maps, inner functions, and cocycles and skew products. One chapter presents a start on the classification theory.

American Judicial Process

American Judicial Process [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 113628656X
Author: Pamela C. Corley,Artemus Ward,Wendy L. Martinek
Publisher: Routledge
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American Judicial Process by Pamela C. Corley,Artemus Ward,Wendy L. Martinek Book Resume:

This text is a general introduction to American judicial process. The authors cover the major institutions, actors, and processes that comprise the U.S. legal system, viewed from a political science perspective. Grounding their presentation in empirical social science terms, the authors identify popular myths about the structure and processes of American law and courts and then contrast those myths with what really takes place. Three unique elements of this "myth versus reality" framework are incorporated into each of the topical chapters: 1) "Myth versus Reality" boxes that lay out the topics each chapter covers, using the myths about each topic contrasted with the corresponding realities. 2) "Pop Culture" boxes that provide students with popular examples from film, television, and music that tie-in to chapter topics and engage student interest. 3) "How Do We Know?" boxes that discuss the methods of social scientific inquiry and debunk common myths about the judiciary and legal system. Unlike other textbooks, American Judicial Process emphasizes how pop culture portrays—and often distorts—the judicial process and how social science research is brought to bear to provide an accurate picture of law and courts. In addition, a rich companion website will include PowerPoint lectures, suggested topics for papers and projects, a test bank of objective questions for use by instructors, and downloadable artwork from the book. Students will have access to annotated web links and videos, flash cards of key terms, and a glossary.


Kincraft [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1478013125
Author: Todne Thomas
Publisher: Duke University Press
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Kincraft by Todne Thomas Book Resume:

In Kincraft Todne Thomas explores the internal dynamics of community life among black evangelicals, who are often overshadowed by white evangelicals and the common equation of the “Black Church” with an Afro-Protestant mainline. Drawing on fieldwork in an Afro-Caribbean and African American church association in Atlanta, Thomas locates black evangelicals at the center of their own religious story, presenting their determined spiritual relatedness as a form of insurgency. She outlines how church members cocreate themselves as spiritual kin through what she calls kincraft—the construction of one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Kincraft, which Thomas traces back to the diasporic histories and migration experiences of church members, reflects black evangelicals' understanding of Christian familial connection as transcending racial, ethnic, and denominational boundaries in ways that go beyond the patriarchal nuclear family. Church members also use their spiritual relationships to navigate racial and ethnic discrimination within the majority-white evangelical movement. By charting kincraft's functions and significance, Thomas demonstrates the ways in which black evangelical social life is more varied and multidimensional than standard narratives of evangelicalism would otherwise suggest.

M. Stanton Evans

M. Stanton Evans [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1641771771
Author: Steven F. Hayward
Publisher: Encounter Books
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M. Stanton Evans by Steven F. Hayward Book Resume:

M. Stanton Evans (d. 2015) was one of the unsung heroes and key figures of the modern conservative movement, offering a model to be remembered and emulated in both thought and deed. A person of extraordinary breadth, he combined the roles of journalist, first-rank thinker, and political action, often at the center of crucial events for the conservative movement from the mid-1950s to his last decade in the 2010s. He was the principal author of the Sharon Statement, the founding document of Young Americans for Freedom. Evans was also a mentor to an entire generation of conservative writers and journalists, including Ann Coulter, John Fund, Martin Morse Wooster, Tim Carney, Richard Miniter, William McGurn, and this author. Evans was libertarian in economics and policy, traditionalist in moral and social matters, respectful of religion, and resolutely anti-Communist. Over the years he wrote a number of elegant articles and one book (The Theme is Freedom) that reconciled many of the strains that often appear between these differing schools of conservative thought. He also wrote a controversial defense of Joseph McCarthy (Blacklisted by History), which is one of many examples of his fearlessness in contesting the conventional wisdom. Beyond his professional profile, Stan was also known for his ironic dry wit, which only came out in person, as well as his personal modesty and kindliness, and fondness for fast-food, sports, and classic rock and roll music trivia. He was “the conservative for the common man.”

The Joke’S on Me

The Joke’S on Me [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1450295347
Author: Jim Purdy
Publisher: iUniverse
File Size: 1963 KB
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The Joke’S on Me by Jim Purdy Book Resume:

While debating Sir Winston on the House of Commons, Lady Astor says, Sir Winston, if I were your wife, I should poison your tea. Sir Winston replies, Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it. In 1066, a Battle of Hastings ensued in England, eventually causing two languages to merge and form modern English. In The Jokes on Me, English language aficionado Jim Purdy provides an entertaining tutorial of jokes, explanations, and associated vocabulary based on this historical transition. Purdy bases most of his jokes on sex, politics, and religion, depending on the unexpected as he leads serious students of languages to the other side of English. While including jokes not intended for the easily offended, Purdy relies on the experiences he acquired during his frequent travels throughout Europe as he shares jokes as diverse as the world around us. Purdy spares no one from his humorous jabs, including Lady Astor and Sir Winston, the Lone Ranger, and the Pope. The Jokes on Me is a step-by-step guide that will encourage both novice and experienced students of languages to gain a new appreciation of the American sense of humor while simultaneously enhancing their vocabulary and linguistics abilities.

Your Ever Growing Income: The Rising Yield on Investments

Your Ever Growing Income: The Rising Yield on Investments [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1777241065
Author: Henry Mah
Publisher: Henry Mah, CMA
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Your Ever Growing Income: The Rising Yield on Investments by Henry Mah Book Resume:

This is the Canadian Edition. Are you tired of trying to “Beat the Market?” or paying some else to manage your investments which don't seem to be going anywhere? Let me teach you a simpler method of investing, one that makes sense, is easy to implement and one where you’ll earn a growing income whether the market is going up or down. I’ll provide you with a method of stock evaluation that identifies quality income growth stocks and show you how to build an investment portfolio easily and without worrying about the market. You won’t be constantly looking for new stocks to buy, worrying when stock prices fall or trying to decide when to sell. You’ll learn to ignore the market fluctuations and the value of your portfolio, and you won’t have to wait until the end of the year to see if your investment strategy is working. Your income growth will be updated each month or quarter. Yes, investing can be that easy. Don’t play their game of trying to out-guess the market, play yours. With this book, we are not going to play their price game. Certainly, the goal is to purchase stocks, but we’ll change the game so that it works to your benefit by providing you with results that are measured, not by price or the direction of the market, but with you having greater control over your returns, where you will be able to see those returns grow. We’re not going to play their game of needing to beat the market, rather, we’ll play our own game, with our own rules, ignoring the market altogether!

Red Highways

Red Highways [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317253140
Author: Rose Aguilar
Publisher: Routledge
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Red Highways by Rose Aguilar Book Resume:

Tired of speaking to like-minded people, San Francisco blogger and radio journalist Rose Aguilar quit her job, bought a Toyota van, picked up her boyfriend, and took off on a six-month road trip through southern and mountain states. There she interviewed a wide array of people who rarely, if ever, appear in the national media. They include a former Republican evangelical pastor who now preaches inclusion in Tulsa; anti-war, pro-choice, and green Republicans; and a Montana hunter planning to leave his job as a conservationist to fight for gay rights. This political travelogue challenges stereotypes and goes far beyond the sound bites and statistics to reveal what red-state voters really care about—and what they expect from their political leaders. As Aguilar writes in the first chapter, “We breathe the same air, we live under the same political system, we’ve probably seen the same television and news shows, and most of us grew up going to public schools; yet because we might vote differently once every four years, we find ourselves stereotyped in the national media and separated by red and blue borders.” Red Highways is a riveting examination of what matters most in the heartland, what makes it tick, and what issues get its citizens to vote.

A Broken Hallelujah

A Broken Hallelujah [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 150434412X
Author: Melanée Addison
Publisher: Balboa Press
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A Broken Hallelujah by Melanée Addison Book Resume:

A Broken Hallelujah is a testament of lifes battles between love, loss, faith, hope and the choices we all must make in their midst. After finally carving out a comfortable life from a series of heartbreaks and loss, Robert and Stephanie unexpectedly find each other in the mid-season of their lives. Yet, as they are irresistibly drawn together, inner demons and shadows from their past emerge and they must decide whether to fight for this new chance at love or remain in the safety of their solitude.

Your TFSA Compounder: Work Your TFSA Harder So You Can Retire Earlier

Your TFSA Compounder: Work Your TFSA Harder So You Can Retire Earlier [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1771368314
Author: Henry Mah
Publisher: Henry Mah, CMA
File Size: 1969 KB
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Your TFSA Compounder: Work Your TFSA Harder So You Can Retire Earlier by Henry Mah Book Resume:

“A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” is an old Irish myth and who hasn’t dreamed about finding one. But you won’t find a pot of gold by chasing rainbows, instead you can create your own by putting your savings into the Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) and invest those funds following the Income Investment Strategy. Most know about the TFSA as a short-term savings vehicle, but I have discovered there is so much more it can do. The TFSA will not only allow one to invest and grow their investments tax-free, but you can generate a stream of income to support your retirement needs without investing nearly as much as you think!Financial freedom won’t happen without a commitment to save and then toincrease your savings over time. But if you are willing to make the effort, I will show you how to achieve your objective without worrying about the market or its fluctuations. You won’t be taking two steps forward and one back, but slowly and steadily increasing your forward stride, reaching your financial goals with the help of your own TFSA “Compounder”.Who wouldn’t want to earn enough tax-free income to meet your retirement needs and never worry about inflation or selling capital to fund your retirement? With your TFSA “Compounder” let the magic of compounding turn your hard-earned money into an ever-growing income!

When I Get Where I'm Going

When I Get Where I'm Going [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1101443294
Author: Cheryl Robinson
Publisher: Penguin
File Size: 1837 KB
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When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson Book Resume:

From the bestselling author, an inspirational novel about three sisters who rediscover each other-and themselves... After thirteen years in Hollywood, Alicia Day is giving up her dream of stardom and heading home to Detroit-and back to her roots. Hope Teesdale is desperately seeking the truth about her husband's death when she hears from her long-lost half-sister Alicia. Suddenly her idea of family is put into question. Heaven Jetter hasn't spoken to her sister Hope in years. Her spirit is being held captive by an abusive boyfriend. Her only comfort comes from admiring a mysterious man from afar on the streets of Detroit. As the sisters reunite, they're determined to help one another find their silver linings. And realize that they never have to go it alone again...

Medical Grade Music

Medical Grade Music [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1474619509
Author: Steve Davis,Kavus Torabi
Publisher: Orion
File Size: 1366 KB
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Medical Grade Music by Steve Davis,Kavus Torabi Book Resume:

The story of two outsiders and obsessives whose collision prompted an evangelistic alliance on the furthest frontiers of underground music. Steve Davis first met Kavus Torabi - guitarist with Gong, Guapo, Cardiacs and Knifeworld - in the mid-2000's at a gig by French underground rock legends Magma. Over the next few years, this unlikely duo's shared affinity for visionary psychedelic music would become the foundation of not only a firm friendship, but also the most infectiously inclusive broadcasting style since the much-mourned death of John Peel. In their weekly radio shows and a one-of-a-kind live DJ roadshow which included a legendary appearance at Glastonbury, Steve and Kavus mapped out a musical landscape of rare enchantment, where the only passport needed was a pair of open ears. No-one, least of all Davis and Torabi themselves, was expecting the 6-time former World Snooker champion and a British-Iranian underground rock musician to become one of the most trusted brands in British alternative music. As Steve and Kavus were starting to get to grips with the challenge of their newfound status, events took a further unexpected turn. Suddenly they found themselves in a band together. And not just any band ... as two thirds of Britain's (if not the world's) leading harmonium, guitar and analogue synth power-trio (with Michael J.York of Coil)The Utopia Strong, the two friends found themselves plunging into a vortex of spontaneous compositional excitement. How Steve and Kavus pulled this off is just one of the many questions MEDICAL GRADE MUSIC will try to answer. Part sonic memoir, part Socratic dialogue, part gonzo mission to the heart of what makes music truly psychedelic this book is the first work of joint autobiography to ever trace the evolution of a life-changing friendship through the discographies of Gentle Giant and Voivod. From the chip-shops of Plumstead to the the wildest shores of Plymouth's nineties thrash scene. it's a funny and fearless buddy movie of the soul, with a soundtrack that will make your eyes bleed.