Join us to view a selection of clips from TV comic and political commentaries.....
While political satire and parody historically date back to antiquity, in this age of technological, economic and cultural convergence, television, more than movies, has produced flexible, hybrid and polyphonic forms of programming which includes an explosion of comic political TV shows. Comic news programs parody mainstream news in order to ‘unmask’ or ‘debunk’ the artificial and manipulative nature of political and media spectacles. The Colbert Report, for instance, parodies the “lunacy, bombast and irrationality of the far-right’s voices.” (Ebert) Do these digital technologies facilitate democratic citizenship? It is argued that stand-up, and shows like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight extend “the world of politics” and with their recirculation through social media, YouTube and other platforms empower citizens to participate in the production of political video content – repurposing news interviews or other “serious” political content for their own political critiques and commentaries through video mash-ups and other remediated materials.
Screening takes place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm.
$4 suggested donation.
Space is limited!
Light refreshments served before each screening.
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252 or visit us online at psc-cuny.org.