This is an abstract for a paper i am submitting for publication in a few days, could someone look over it and tell me it makes sense. if you could sent them to me by email, that would be keen
since no one else has said any thing, i will take that to mean that there are no more problems. thanks for you feedback.
24 has never been the sort of show to shy away from controversy. Before the show had established itself as a critical and commercial success, the protagonist of the show, Jack Bauer, tortures a terrorist suspect in the back of a limo. Since then, 24 has been the site of much political debate. Anti-war and minority rights activists have argued the show is right-wing propaganda or depicts minority groups as caricatured stereotypes. At the same time, pro-war commentators, both outside and inside the government, argue that the show is an accurate representation of counter-terrorism.
For this paper, I will look at posts made on a message board populated by a dedicated group of fans that discuss a range of television related topics. These topics include critiques of the most recent episodes, speculation about future episodes, and discussion of the television industry. Because of 24's connection to issues related to the War on Terror, one might expect to find an in-depth discussion of the way the show depicts torture. Instead, what one finds are many posts joking about the torture and its place within the show. This paper will apply the psychoanalytic scholarship of Sigmund Freud and Alan Dundes and the sociological scholarship of Ronald G. Webb to analyze the way torture related humor functions within the context of this message board. Then, I will connect the discussion of humor to a wider discourse about the war on terror and torture.
ive added andrew's notes, thanks. (the lack of italics is a fuction of the c/p into HTML)