Chapter 4. “Stop caressing the ears of the hooded”
Based on data coming from media and parliamentary settings, the purpose of this study is to examine instances of humour in the discourse of politicians during a period of social turmoil in Greece. The analysis confirms the impact of humorous contributions, as well as other forms of linguistic creativity, in constructing, and resisting the construction of, damaging political identities in the discourse of political opponents. It also confirms the symbiotic relations among politics and media, via the formation of dialogical networks, which are shown to contribute to the blurring of ideological boundaries and identities in politics.