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Perspectives in Communication Studies

Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Dr. Ayseli Usluata

Edited By Ayşe Binay Kurultay and Burcu Sabuncuoğlu Peksevgen

This book brings together friends and colleagues of Prof. Dr. Ayseli Usluata who cherish her as a person as well as an academic. As we have all experienced, Prof. Usluata’s major passion is advancing academia as an interdisciplinary collaboration. Thus, this book’s aim is to bring together current original works in communication studies and business communication fields. This volume is intended to provide an intellectual, multi-faceted and balanced collection of writings from various academic fields with a communication focus. Academic articles in this book range from branding cases to advertising studies and to media education.

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Burcu Sabuncuoğlu Peksevgen - Political Cartoon’s Symbolic Lynching Power


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Burcu Sabuncuoğlu Peksevgen

Political Cartoon’s Symbolic Lynching Power

Political Satire and Symbolic Lynching

Cartoons persuade, instruct, admonish, surprise, politicize, but mostly entertain the reader. With the advantage of speed and the dangers of haste (Harrison, 1981), cartoons can easily and clearly make a point yet are open to misunderstandings. They simplify and exaggerate which gives them the advantages of clarity as well as the disadvantages of distortion. Humor amuses the reader yet might also create diversion. Westin suggests that the oldest known political cartoon dates back to 1360 B.C. This exceptional work was an uncomplimentary drawing of King Tutankhamen’s father. Thus it is possible to say that political cartoons have a 3370-year history.

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