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Tosh.Other

Tosh.O is a television program that airs on Comedy Central. Through the blending of lnternet and television technologies, Tosh.O is able to reach millions of viewers on a weekly basis in a very intimate fashion. This study examines the discourses surrounding the television program Tosh.O as well as the Internet pages associated with the program. This qualitative discursive analysis uses transcribed video clips complimented with viewer excerpt commentary to capture multiple dominant discourses produced by the program as well as the viewers. Findings from this study suggest the existence of multiple discourses that range from overtly racist to colorblind minimization techniques and resistance. This study demonstrates that Tosh.O creates a permanent and volatile digital environment in which multiple dominant discourses challenge and support a pro White male, heteronormative paradigm. Keywords : Race, Media, Television, Internet, Discourse, Tosh, Whiteness, Blackness

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