“Twilight of the American Antihero”

At Vox, Emily Van Der Werff writes about antihero dramas, “politically incorrect” comedy and the uneasy stories we live in, tell ourselves and watch. “Much was made in the 1980s of the way that Ronald Reagan styled himself as a cowboy or a war hero, borrowing the tropes of American movies. So when Donald Trump, a man who seems to intuitively understand television and the way it latches onto certain stories, set out to style himself as a modern American hero, where do you think he was going to turn? American pop culture didn’t create Trump, but he certainly caught a very particular wave and rode it right into the White House. Where the story goes next is up to us.”

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