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Posted by ap507 at May 13, 2014 11:45 AM |
Leicester academics discuss why comedians rather than pop stars are acting as political icons
You're having a laugh?

From L to R: Dr David Harvie, Dr Keir Milburn

David Harvie and Keir Milburn, both lecturers in our School of Management, have written another article for The Guardian, one of the world’s leading online newspapers. 

The piece, titled Why are comedians, not musicians, talking 'bout a revolution?, argues that our culture has become hyper-ironised leading to suspicion of the types of sincere comments needed for political commitment. In such an environment comedians wanting to make political statements, such as Russell Brand, have the advantage of operating on home territory.

The authors write: “Politically engaged pop stars have a long pedigree: from Woody Guthrie, through Joan Baez, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, to Chuck D, musicians have acted as lightning rods for wider social movements. But pop in the 21st century feels like a field that's been played out.”

Dr David Harvie is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Political Economy and Dr Keir Milburn is a Lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester.

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