In an age when Jon Stewart tops lists of most-trusted newscasters and Michael Moore
becomes a focus of political campaign analysis, the satiric register has attained renewed
and urgent prominence in political discourse. Day focuses on three central contemporary
forms: the parodic news show, the satiric documentary, and ironic activism.
She highlights their shared objective of circumventing the standard conduits of political
information and the highly stage-managed nature of current political discourse. In
so doing, she argues, they provide fans with a sense of community and purpose notably
lacking from organized politics in the twenty-first century.
Amber Day pp. 5-28