The uneasy intersection between journalism, comedy and race has been hotly debated among cultural critics and political pundits. The use of racial jokes in news parody and political satire can open up dimensions of freedom and transparency that can be absent from the narrow frames of journalistic discourse framing moral and political debates. However, while it can set the stage for subversion and democratic engagement, it can also reinforce disturbing racial and ethnic stereotypes. In this brief talk, Minelle Mahtani will explore this complex tension through an analysis of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” paying particular attention to the way the show demonstrates an ambivalent anti-racism. Dr. Mahtani will trace this ambivalence through an analysis of a clip from the show, and accompanying interviews conducted with webmasters who run the site “Love, InShAllah” and “Fake News Junkies” to show that the programme can invigorate an oppositional movement to dominant media practices of misrepresentation.
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- Michael Byers and Rob Huebert discuss sovereignty and security in the first in a series of cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral presentations on changing realities and understandings of the Arctic
- August 28, 2014Vessey, the third Principal since the College’s inception, will oversee a new leading scholars program, pilot projects on the Arctic and world urbanism, and expanded public engagement in collaboration with the Vancouver Institute and Alumni UBC during the coming year.
- July 18, 2014PhD student Jake Wall ('09-'11) uses GPS collars, Google Earth and algorithms he developed to help rangers protect elephants
- August 25, 2014Check back later this fall for blog entries from Green College Resident Members.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.