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Drawn To Extremes,9780231130677

Drawn To Extremes

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 5/30/2006
Publisher(s): Ingram Publisher Services, Inc.


Four days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pulitzer Prize--winning cartoonist Joel Pett of the "Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader" chided President George W. Bush for having declared that America would "punish any state that harbored or trained terrorists." In one of his cartoons, Pett asked if this included the state of Florida, where the terrorists had lived and taken flying lessons. When Pett followed with other criticisms of Bush, readers canceled subscriptions, demanded that Pett be fired, and left profane messages on his voice mail. "One elderly woman spat into the phone that I 'should have been in the World Trade Center, 'Pett said. "Such is the power of the cartoon when it is unleashed."Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have both made an important contribution to and offered a critical commentary on our society.This book demonstrates the limits of cartooning from the courtroom to the newsroom. Chris Lamb examines the reasons for the declining state of the art and the implications for all of us. Most newspapers today publish relatively generic, gag-related, syndicated cartoons. They are cheaper and generate fewer phone calls than hard-hitting cartoons. Lamb charges that they are symptomatic of the foundering newspaper industry and reflect a weakness in the newspaper's traditional watchdog function. If a newspaper wants to fulfill its function in society, maybe it should find ways to make the phone ring more -- not less!

Author Biography

Chris Lamb is an associate professor of communication at the College of Charleston.

Table of Contents

"You Should've Been in the World Trade Center!"
"President Bush Has Been Reading Doonesbury and Taking It Much Too Seriously"
"No Honest Man Need Fear Cartoons"
"Second-Class Citizens of the Editorial Page"
"We Certainly Don't Want to Make People Uncomfortable Now, Do We?"
"That's Not a Definition of Libel; That's a Job Description"
"Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable"
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