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The Age of Cringe Politics

Dan Drezner on the recent cringe-worthy political moments, in his Washington Post column.

I am not the biggest fan of cringe comedy. I am not a fan at all of cringe politics.

Cringe comedy has been around for a generation or so. Defining it can be tricky, beyond a reference to “The Office” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Wikipedia’s definition is succinct: “a specific genre of comedy that derives humor from social awkwardness .... protagonists are typically egotists who overstep the boundaries of political correctness and break social norms." The humor comes from the gap between someone’s self-perception and the way that the rest of the world perceives them: Time’s Gary Susman explains cringe comedy as “all about the painful laughs derived from the awkwardness of social interaction and around people’s lack of self-awareness.”

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