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Popular Culture in Political Cartoons: Analyzing Cartoonist Approaches

  • Joan L. Conners (a1)

To what extent do political cartoonists use popular culture references to make sense of political culture? Seeing images in 2004, depicting Vice President Dick Cheney as Darth Vader from Star Wars, John Edwards as the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, and John Kerry as Frankenstein's monster, it is clear that some editorial cartoonists make connections between our popular culture and our political culture. Why, and with what possible consequences?

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
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