New “Serious Fun” episode explores how Vince McMahon changed politics

What can professional wrestling and its largest figurehead tell us about our social and political moment? Turns out – a lot! In the new episode of the Phoenix Studios podcast “Serious Fun”, Dr. Bryan Carr sits down with author Abraham Josephine Riesman for an in-depth discussion about her new book “Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America”. Riesman breaks down WWE CEO Vince McMahon’s empire, his connections to politics and business, and how his contributions to pro wrestling have created a new weighted form of synthetic reality she calls “neokayfabe” that now permeates our social, political, journalistic, and media lives.

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