Wordscapes and Toonland

in Front Page Economics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226781983
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226782010 | DOI:
Wordscapes and Toonland

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This chapter discusses how cartoons draw on business or the economy to provide the reader with a visual vocabulary that enriches and replicates the mnemonic force of the dramatisms. The wordscape presented a kind of gauge to regulate the reader's attention and excitement. The cartoon offered a stage for the journalist's dramatism and also provided visual form to the narrative, personae, and the stage. These three elementary forms of toonland are elaborated. The 1929 Tribune cartoonists often appeared to be “editorializing” rather than just milking the situation for whatever fun they could get out of it. In general, the wordscapes and toonlands modified the dramatisms of business, the economy, the stock market, and economic policy. Together with the narratives and the personae, they help form a gestalt—a story with a beginning, middle, end, and setting.

Keywords: wordscapes; toonland; business; economy; cartoons; dramatisms; Tribune; stock market; economic policy

Chapter.  6333 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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