By Angelique Haugerud
No Billionaire Left Behind is a compelling research into how satirical activists take on of the main contentious themes in modern American political tradition: the more and more profound department of wealth in the US, and the function of huge cash in electoral politics. Anthropologist and writer Angelique Haugerud deftly charts the evolution of a bunch named the Billionaires—a admired community of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with different satirical teams and figures to puzzle out their impression on politics and public opinion. within the spirit of renowned courses like The Colbert record and The day-by-day Show, the Billionaires display a worldly wisdom of economics and public affairs during the lens of satire and humor. via player remark, interviews, and archival learn, Haugerud offers the 1st ethnographic learn of the ability and obstacles of this evolving kind of political organizing during this witty exploration of 1 group's efforts to elevate desire and encourage motion in America's present political climate.
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I’m engaged on that. . . . [We supply a] candy-coated shell—it’s enjoyable, it’s a celebration, and also you cross inside of and there’s a true message there and the message is most likely subversive. . . . As for Billionaires for Bush breaking out of the media paradigm, I don’t imagine so; we’re so created to paintings in that paradigm, we’re additionally trapped in it. . . . there is not any room for nuance, no longer in an educational feel, no longer us like sitting round a seminar this day and speaking approximately nuance, simply because we're aimed toward sound bites. And so the Billionaires are concurrently designed to paintings inside a company information media paradigm and also are trapped in it. whereas Billionaires can holiday character—take off the Billionaire most sensible hat—and construct extra nuanced arguments, he says, that's not unavoidably powerful: such a lot of them [ordinary electorate] have quite a bit stuff on their plate; they need to take the children to football perform, they need to pass go shopping and this and that . . . they usually don’t desire a few highbrow from big apple occurring approximately finer issues of the funds, the academic method, and all that. reasons why we’ve had a lot good fortune is that we do have a shtick that works. . . . i do know back I’m simply toeing the get together line, however the get together line is in its personal approach a truly reliable assertion of ways humans speak with one another nowadays. . . . I don’t are looking to placed a price judgment at the sound-bite tradition, since it is its personal factor, its personal creature . . . it’s larger to gentle a candle subsequently than to curse the darkness. In his view, and maybe that of so much individuals, their luck certainly is affirmed by means of media mentions in their identify, slogans, and chants, seeing that those embrace their dissenting messages. They intentionally supply a “candy-coated” shell round a message that's severe and “potentially subversive. ” Media realization affected inner staff dynamics, either boosting emotions of harmony in addition to contributing to refined shifts in person prestige accorded to contributors reporters quoted or photographed. Jokes approximately media entry have been occasionally leveling mechanisms, equivalent to relating a member as a “media hound” or lightly chiding or teasing people who seemed too longing for the camera’s gaze. One member in her twenties, despite the fact that, acknowledged she felt uncomfortable with the entire journalists and cameras at their ny making plans Media gamers 185 conferences throughout the peak of the 2004 presidential crusade. That turned “nerve-wracking” for her, and he or she acknowledged she wouldn’t converse her brain in such an atmosphere. a hundred thirty for plenty of Billionaires, enjoy media recognition was once not only a question of person ego but additionally the gratification of getting the organization’s messages within the highlight for public intake. Thurston Howell IV (Kurt Opprecht) defined his excitement in having cameras pointed at him and his “Small govt, vast Wars” signal as he posed subsequent to the U. S. Treasury construction in the course of a September 2005 antiwar rally in Washington, DC131: good, at one aspect I acquired up at the banister; there’s a type of a patio after which a railing on that patio on the Treasury construction Annex.