Drawn to Extremes

The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons
Lamb, Chris (Book - 2004)
Drawn to Extremes
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In 2006, a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicted the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. The cartoon created an international incident, with offended Muslims attacking Danish embassies and threatening the life of the cartoonist. Editorial cartoons have been called the most extreme form of criticism society will allow, but not all cartoons are tolerated. Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, celebrities, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have made important contributions to and offered critical commentary on our society. Today, however, many syndicated cartoons are relatively generic and gag-related, reflecting a weakening of the newspaper industry's traditional watchdog function. Chris Lamb offers a richly illustrated and engaging history of a still vibrant medium that "forces us to take a look at ourselves for what we are and not what we want to be." The 150 drawings in Drawn to Extremes have left readers howling-sometimes in laughter, but often in protest.
Authors: Lamb, Chris, 1958-
Title: Drawn to extremes
the use and abuse of editorial cartoons
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2004
Characteristics: xii, 281 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Lamb
ISBN: 0231130678
Branch Call Number: 070.442 L218d 2004
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-263) and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government Caricatures and cartoons United States Politics and government 2001-2009 Caricatures and cartoons American wit and humor, Pictorial September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 Caricatures and cartoons Newspaper publishing Political aspects United States Editorial cartoonists United States Biography Political cartoons United States Editorial cartoons United States
Topical Term: American wit and humor, Pictorial
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Newspaper publishing
Editorial cartoonists
Political cartoons
Editorial cartoons
LCCN: 2004048220
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