Alternative Forms of Argument Humor & The Body


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Parody as Argument? (Hariman)

Reason & Eloquence in Political Culture

  • Reason = rational, logical
  • Eloquence = style

Parody as Metacritique

Parody is the paradic double

Potential Benefits of Parody for Democratic Decision Making

Exposes Limits

“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 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.

Cynical speech is bad for democracy

Potential Drawbacks to Parody for Democratic Decision Making

Parody is sometimes just a cynical performance

Cynical speech is bad for democracy

Other Drawbacks?

Ways to combat bad humor/parody? More comedy?

The Body as Argument? (DeLuca)

Which of the two types of images is more persuasive?

Queer Movements

Challenge to heteronormative spaces


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