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Author Event: Irony & Outrage with Dannagal Young

Oct 14, 2020 to Oct 14, 2020 7 - 8pm

Date: Wednesday 10/14
Time: 7-8p
Age Group: Adults

Program Format:
Presented live via Zoom

Description: Professor, author, and comedienne Dannagal Young discusses her nonfiction book Irony & Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States. 

Registration: Click here to register. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE! Only one registration per household necessary.

Drawing from her research on the intersection of entertainment, politics and psychology, Dannagal Young explores why political satire tends to come from the left, while talk radio and pundit shows dominate on the right.

For almost a decade, journalists and pundits have been asking why we don’t see successful examples of political satire from conservatives or of opinion talk radio from liberals. Irony and Outrage turns that question on its head to argue that opinion talk is the political satire of the right and political satire is the opinion programming of the left. They look and feel like two different animals because their audiences are literally two different animals.

During this polarizing time in American history, Young fuses her academic background with her improv comedy chops in this timely presentation.

Author: Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. She has written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and featured on CNN and WHYY’s Radio Times. She is a recent TED Talk Speaker and performs improv comedy with Philadelphia’s ComedySportz.

The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to the event.


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