Monday, December 15, 2014

Passionate Politics and Sinclair

       I think that in terms of emotion, Bachelder tries to use humor and criticism to weed out the emotion in Sinclair's political views in order to make them more logical and relatable. He draws out the logic in Sinclair's words by making a mockery of it. As I was reading U.S.!, I just found myself finding it entertaining because certain elements satire and parody are difficult to react to as there is an overlap between what is a joke and what is serious. I am not sure however, that Bachelder was successful in making this effort.   
       I have consistently been interested in how a satirical approach can tie into a melodramatic narrative, and was particularly impressed with Joey's use of satire in his final media project. In a way, Joey takes a light radio song and uses it to portray his strong personal connection to Asian Carp. I also enjoyed Philip's post, explaining his modes of satire. Philip discusses and Bachelder uses the "anti-joke." Upton Sinclair is ultimately a relevant figure in modern politics but is lightly poked at with "anti-jokes."

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