ERIC Number: EJ778265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 5
Satire, Surveillance, and the State: A Classified Primer
Bogad, L. M.
Research in Drama Education, v12 n3 p383-392 Nov 2007
This article explores the use of ironic performance in education, particularly around issues of human rights. I examine my own efforts to engage audiences with the history of domestic espionage and sabotage by the intelligence agencies of the United States. This is a history well known to some marginalized counterpublics (see Fraser, 1997), but little understood by the general populace.The piece's relevance has increased since I first performed it in 1997. The images and declassified government documents in my slideshow are from the Sixties era, but the civil-rights ramifications of the PATRIOT Act suggest that it is time once again to ask: Who watches the watchmen? What are the advantages or drawbacks of irony and humor in taking on such a topic? Is there a point to performing such a piece to the "converted"? How might such a piece serve as a provocation for active learning on the part of audience members, rather than a didactic and closed text?
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Figurative Language, Humor, Audiences, Active Learning, Teacher Attitudes, United States History, Federal Legislation, Federal Government, Public Agencies, Drama, Theater Arts, Visual Aids
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States