Book Review: That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them by Mark Sienkiewicz and Nick Marx

That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them is a tour of the American Right’s comedy universe. A fast, informative read which approaches political and cultural questions with curiosity and aplomb.Sienkiewicz and Marx analyse cultural phenomena with a deft and careful eye, looking to understand and, when possible, appreciate without excusing obvious moral transgressions. The overarching metaphor functions well, even when overindulged. A great introductory text for researchers looking to delve into the alt-right underground, particularly to understand its connections to other demographics and the mainstream itself. Continue reading

‘Heart’, ‘Hope’, and ‘Tombstones’: Donald Trump and Populist discourse

Like other actors in the public sphere, politicians manipulate our emotions to achieve an “emotional re-framing of reality”[i]. Either in their spontaneous or prepared addresses, those in public office usually trigger a myriad of emotions ranging from fear, anger, frustration, resentment, happiness, grief to nostalgia. This chameleonic communication is often… Continue reading