Special Issue "Media and Politics in the Age of Cringe"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787). This special issue belongs to the section "Film, Television, and Media Studies in the Humanities".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021) | Viewed by 28357
Since the premiere of Ricky Gervais’ and Stephen Merchant’s show The Office (2001–2003), cringe comedy has turned into a global brand. Cringing involves the inability to extricate yourself from unpleasant situations, resulting in feelings of vicarious shame. Cringe humour often results in “unstable jokes” (Jason Middleton) that involve protected groups like ethnic minorities and disabled people. It prospers not just in traditional genres (like the sitcom), but also in more interactive formats like reaction videos, where viewers are challenged to watch unbearable content.
The success of cringe comics like Sacha Baron Cohen, Larry David, and Julia Davis coincides with a cultural paradigm shift that has been linked to a resurgence of shaming/humiliation rituals and to what Adam Kotsko and Melissa Dahl identify as the “age of awkwardness”. Cringe articulates a deeply-felt discomfort and a degree of uncertainty when it comes to adopting to political correctness and changing attitudes in the cultural climate.
This Special Issue seeks to address the following questions:
- Does cringe humour emphasise inclusivity or exclusivity?
- Does the cringe experience simply perpetuate well-known stereotypes, or does it work with them in productive and more nuanced ways?
- Does cringe humour affirm norms/values, or does it violate them to renegotiate boundaries?
- How is cringe humour embedded in individual and national discourses of laughter?
- Why does cringe humour prosper in the contemporary cultural landscape, which is dominated by backlash debates and knee-jerk reactions against political correctness?
- Which role does the contemporary media environment play in facilitating cringe (e.g., reality formats, mockumentaries)?
Abstracts of approx. 200 words, along with a short bio, should be submitted to the special-issue editor
([email protected]) by 1 February 2021.
Completed articles of 5000–7000 words should be submitted by 15 May 2021.
Dr. Wieland Schwanebeck
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- political correctness
- stand-up comedy