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The Resource Pranksters : making mischief in the modern world, Kembrew McLeod

Pranksters : making mischief in the modern world, Kembrew McLeod

Label
Pranksters : making mischief in the modern world
Title
Pranksters
Title remainder
making mischief in the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Kembrew McLeod
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From Benjamin Franklin's newspaper hoax that faked the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman's attempt to levitate the Pentagon, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists have caused confusion, disorder, and laughter in Western society for centuries. Profiling the most notorious mischief makers from the 1600s to the present day, Pranksters explores how "pranks" are part of a long tradition of speaking truth to power and social critique. Invoking such historical and contemporary figures as P.T. Barnum, Jonathan Swift, WITCH, The Yes Men, and Stephen Colbert, Kembrew McLeod shows how staged spectacles that balance the serious and humorous can spark important public conversations. In some instances, tricksters have incited social change (and unfortunate prank blowback) by manipulating various forms of media, from newspapers to YouTube. For example, in the 1960s, self-proclaimed "professional hoaxer" Alan Abel lampooned America's hypocritical sexual mores by using conservative rhetoric to fool the news media into covering a satirical organization that advocated clothing naked animals. In the 1990s, Sub Pop Records then-receptionist Megan Jasper satirized the commodification of alternative music culture by pranking the New York Times into reporting on her fake lexicon of "grunge speak." Throughout this book, McLeod shows how pranks interrupt the daily flow of approved information and news, using humor to underscore larger, pointed truths. Written in an accessible, story-driven style, Pranksters reveals how mischief makers have left their shocking, entertaining, and educational mark on modern political and social life
Member of
Cataloging source
CN3GA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McLeod, Kembrew
Dewey number
001.9/5
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PN6231.P67
LC item number
M35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Practical jokes
  • Hoaxes
  • Impostors and imposture
  • Subculture
  • REFERENCE
  • Hoaxes
  • Impostors and imposture
  • Practical jokes
  • Subculture
Label
Pranksters : making mischief in the modern world, Kembrew McLeod
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-332) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. This Is the Dawning of the Age of Enlightenment ... and Pranks -- 2. Con Artists and Consumer Culture -- 3. Spirits in the Material World -- 4. Meet the Illuminati -- 5. The Golden Age of Newspaper Hoaxes -- 6. Political Pranksters -- 7. Prank Blowback -- 8. A Satanic Panic -- 9. Showbiz Tricksters and the Pop Underground -- 10. An Education in Pranks -- Conclusion: Reflections of a Prankster -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z -- About the Author
Control code
895709009
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780814764367
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt8jzmnk
  • c4d12d53-ffdd-44e9-b4c5-000e4fbad296
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)895709009
Label
Pranksters : making mischief in the modern world, Kembrew McLeod
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-332) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. This Is the Dawning of the Age of Enlightenment ... and Pranks -- 2. Con Artists and Consumer Culture -- 3. Spirits in the Material World -- 4. Meet the Illuminati -- 5. The Golden Age of Newspaper Hoaxes -- 6. Political Pranksters -- 7. Prank Blowback -- 8. A Satanic Panic -- 9. Showbiz Tricksters and the Pop Underground -- 10. An Education in Pranks -- Conclusion: Reflections of a Prankster -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- X -- Y -- Z -- About the Author
Control code
895709009
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780814764367
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt8jzmnk
  • c4d12d53-ffdd-44e9-b4c5-000e4fbad296
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)895709009

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