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Benoit, William, et al. "A fantasy theme analysis of political cartoons on the Clinton–Lewinsky–Starr affair." Critical Studies in Media Communication 18. (2001): 377–94. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/07393180128097
BibTeX citation key: BENOIT2001
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Keywords: Caricature, Randformen des Comics, Rhetoric
Creators: Airne, Benoit, Klyukovski, McHale
Collection: Critical Studies in Media Communication
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We used Symbolic Convergence Theory to analyze 2,000 political cartoons on the investigation, impeachment, and trial of the president. The cartoonists’ vision incorporates components from Starr’s and Clinton’s visions: “Our public figures (Clinton, Starr, Congress, the news media) are engaged in a tawdry burlesque drama.” The number of levels in a rhetorical vision depends on the vision’s complexity. We show that multiple, independent, rhetors can create a rhetorical vision. These messages, highly visual and generally critical, freely use metaphor and allusions, allowing multiple interpretations and rendering the fantasy themes in these dramas accessible to readers with widely divergent attitudes. Despite their fictionality, these messages concern important issues and make moral judgments on these public figures.
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