Can the body be an argument?
Which of the two types of images is more persuasive?
Challenge to heteronormative spaces
Is it the image making the argument of the body making the argument?
their bodies, then, become not merely flags to attract attention of the argument but the site and substance of the argument itself (DELUCA 10)
TO BE CONTINUED... CONSIDERING ETHICS OF BODY & ARGUMENT
humor as argument
Parody as Argument? (Hariman)
Reason & Eloquence in Political Culture
- Reason = rational, logical
- Eloquence = style
Parody is the paradic double
Parody as a metacritique about the way we communicate
Potential Benefits of Parody for Democratic Decision Making
“What had seemed to be serious is in fact foolish, and likewise the powerful is shown to be vulnerable, the unchangeable contingent, the enchanting dangerous. Parody works in great part by exceeding tactic limits on expression-- the appropriate, the rational--but it does so to reveal limitations that others would want to keep hidden”. (Hariman 251)
Two Responses to Parodic Discourse
- Conservative fact: doesn’t really change what happened
- Radical fact: people will continue to laugh at it or will force it to change. Can’t see it the same way.
Parody is epideictic
Parody is both conservative & radical
Good parody challenges how you think of the world
Constitutes Public Culture
If people can laugh at it, makes it seem like they can participate in public culture.
When can humor be bad for argument?
Potential Drawbacks to Parody for Democratic Decision Making
Parody is sometimes just a cynical performance
What was the point?
Cynical speech is bad for democracy
Are you in on the joke?
Ways to combat bad humor/parody? More comedy?