A Comedian and an Activist Walk into a Bar. Caty Borum Chattoo и др.
Comedy is a powerful contemporary source of influence and information. In the still-evolving digital era, the opportunity to consume and share comedy has never been as available. And yet, despite its vast cultural imprint, comedy is a little-understood vehicle for serious public engagement in urgent social justice issues &ndash; even though humor offers frames of hope and optimism that can encourage participation in social problems. Moreover, in the midst of a merger of entertainment and news in the contemporary information ecology, and a decline in perceptions of trust in government and traditional media institutions, comedy may be a unique force for change in pressing social justice challenges. Comedians who say something serious about the world while they make us laugh are capable of mobilizing the masses, focusing a critical lens on injustices, and&#160;injecting&#160;hope and optimism into seemingly hopeless problems. By combining&#160;communication and&#160;social justice frameworks with contemporary comedy&#160;examples, authors Caty Borum Chattoo and Lauren Feldman show us how comedy&#160;can help to serve as a vehicle of change. Through rich case studies, audience research, and interviews with comedians and social justice leaders and strategists,&#160;A Comedian and an Activist Walk Into a Bar:&#160;The Serious&#160;Role of Comedy in Social Justice&#160;explains how comedy &ndash; both in the entertainment marketplace and as cultural strategy &ndash; can engage audiences with issues such as global poverty, climate change, immigration, and sexual assault, and how activists work with&#160;comedy to reach and empower publics in the networked, participatory digital media age.