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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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“Hummer Rhymes with Dumber”

“Hummer Rhymes with Dumber”

Neoliberalism, Irony, and the Cartoons of Jeff Danziger

(p.182) Chapter Ten “Hummer Rhymes with Dumber”
A Decade of Dark Humor

David Monje

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines neoliberalism and irony in the leftist political cartoons of Jeff Danziger, who often questioned dominant discourses by both inhabiting and operating outside them. More specifically, it looks at Danziger’s use of irony as a discursive strategy to explicitly critique the neoliberal underpinnings of the cultural, political, and military response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It also challenges Roger Rosenblatt’s assertion in a September 16, 2001, article in Time that 9/11 signaled “the end of the age of irony,” and instead argues that 9/11 (or rather the popular and governmental response to it) in fact led to the age-old use of irony as a critical, rhetorical tool.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, irony, political cartoons, Jeff Danziger, 9/11, Roger Rosenblatt

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