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- DescriptionCharles Dickens, celebrated velist and journalist, believed that his greatest ability as a writer was to make people laugh. Yet, to date, humor has been strangely marginalized in journalism, communication and media studies. This invative book draws together the work of seventeen writers to show that, starting in the 1640s during the English Civil War, and continuing through to the present time, humor has indeed been an important ingredient of journalism. Countries studied include Australia, Britain, Canada, Chile and the United States. The Funniest Pages is divided into four sections: Seriously Funny, From Past to Present, Unsolemn Columnists, This Sporting Life and a final section, Have Mouse, Will Laugh, which looks at humor in online journalism. Chapters examine Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and the birth of social and political satire; Allen Ginsberg, Mad magazine, and the culture wars of the 1950s; John Clarke and the power of satire in journalism, and more.
- Author BiographyDavid Swick is Associate Director of Journalism at the University of King's College, Canada. He was a journalist for more than 20 years before moving into teaching. His work includes CBC Radio documentaries, TV documentaries, nearly 2,000 newspaper columns, and one nonfiction book. Richard Lance Keeble is the winner of the National Teaching Fellowship 2011 - the highest award for teachers in higher education in the UK - and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Journalism Education, 2014. He has written and edited 35 books and is Chair of the Orwell Society.
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication30/03/2016
- SubjectUsage & Writing Guides
- Series TitleMass Communication & Journalism
- Series Part/Volume Number20
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2016
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight510 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byDavid Swick,Richard Lance Keeble
- Edition StatementNew edition
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