By J. Nilsson
This research examines how a selected collection of movies grew to become American cultural fabric of the Nineties into satirical stories for audience and reveals that there are parts of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream information channels and Hollywood, and to respectable American historical past already embedded within the tradition.
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28 Of course, what this presupposes is a media-literate audience able to make the necessary connection. Terry goes on to establish Bob’s background. His music career, we are told, began three years earlier (the present is 1990) with the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Roberts, later followed by a second album, titled Times Are Changing Back. Both are ironic imitations of Dylan’s second and third albums, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) and The 40 A m e r i c a n F i l m S at i r e i n t h e 1 9 9 0 s Times They Are a-Changin’ (1964).
93 However, such matters are not totally ignored, because what would be the point of discussing satire without connecting it to its target? The reasons for narrowing the political theme to only include “official” politics are that the selected films directed the study in that direction, and that it is more representative in terms of the period’s satirical output and a more focused category than socially informed political satire. The themes could be said to have two main functions in this book.
Whether it is a question of range, theme, or style, satire comes in many forms and variations. ”107 Based on the films at hand, which employ satire to different degrees and also actualize a variety of genres, I concur with this view. In terms of genre, this study limits itself to discussions of aesthetic norms and generic conventions when such are actualized by a particular film. Despite being conceived here as separate from comedy, satire does employ comic techniques. 108 I work from the assumption that satire is an effect of viewers being cued through particular uses of formal and stylistic devices.