Congratulations to Dr. Enck and Dr. Morrissey for their latest publication entitled "If Orange is the New Black, I Must Be Colorblind: Comic Framings of Post-Racism in the Prison-Industrial Complex". It is available to view right now in the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Dr. Enck and Dr. Morrissey took a show they both enjoyed watching, Orange is the New Black, to analyze the commentary that circulates around it. "Like any rhetorical text, OITNB certainly wasn't perfect and replicated some truly damaging stereotypes about who is expected to be incarcerated and who 'doesn't belong' behind bars," Dr. Enck stated. Dr. Morrissey describes the publication as a way to "specifically understand the ways that race was treated, we began to see how humor and comedy were used as to engage racial difference".
Many of us joke about how rhetorical studies ruins pleasure. Dr. Enck, however, argues "we used this article to demonstrate how rhetorical studies can enable us to problematize what we find pleasurable in the media, but without dismissing the entire enterprise of popular culture as an arena for challenging us all to live together better."
Make sure to check out their article here!