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A Decade of Dark HumorHow Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America$
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Ted Gournelos and Viveca Greene

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030062

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030062.001.0001

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Humoring 9/11 Skepticism

Humoring 9/11 Skepticism

(p.137) Chapter Eight Humoring 9/11 Skepticism
A Decade of Dark Humor

Michael Truscello

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the use of humor by both skeptics and supporters of the official 9/11 narrative, the 2004 9/11 Commission Report. It looks at how the 9/11 skeptic movements employed humor to question the state-sponsored act of terrorism and cover-up, whereas their opponents relied on ridicule to discredit the skeptics and depict them as misguided conspiracy theorists. After considering the claim of those who support the official 9/11 narrative that any expressions of skepticism is “conspiracy theory,” the chapter discusses three examples of humor, including an episode of South Park, that address 9/11 skepticism in order to highlight apparent paradoxes and ambiguities in the official 9/11 narrative. It points out how humor failed to bridge the enormous divide between the two camps.

Keywords:   humor, 9/11, 9/11 Commission Report, terrorism, ridicule, skepticism, conspiracy theory, South Park

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