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Higgie, Rebecca. 2014. Kynical dogs and cynical masters: Contemporary satire, politics and truth-telling. Humor 27 (2) : 183–201.
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De Gruyter


This paper argues that the philosophical methods used in modern political satires can be grasped employing a spectrum that spans the cynical and the kynical. As to cynicism, truth is dead, wheras kynicism asserts that truth is alive, and worth preserving from political and media manipulations. By conceptualizing modern political satire according to this dynamic spectrum, one may better comprehend how satire contemplates postmodern society politics.