Academic journal article et Cetera

America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

Academic journal article et Cetera

America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

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The writers of the Daily Show and Jon Stewart. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. New York: Warner, 2004.

This book, which mimics the form of a high school civics text, offers a satiric send-up of American democracy and governmental practices. Its authors, the host and writers of The Daily Show - a TV program that features "fake news" on the Comedy channel, skewer Democrats, Republicans, the media, and America's political institutions with joyful abandon. For example:

* The president's cabinet is described as "Yes-men of freedom." During diplomatic crises, the secretary of defense is required to chant "Fight! Fight! Fight!" He is also in charge of kicking sand in the face of the secretary of State.

* Using felt and yarn, students are instructed to make a hand puppet of Clarence Thomas. Ta da! You're Antonin Scalia.

* From Discussion Questions: "If 'con' is the opposite of 'pro,' then isn't Congress the opposite of progress? …

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