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Satire News

  • By: R. Lance Holbert & John M. Tchernev
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Satire news is a type of political media content that combines elements of both entertainment and public affairs. Satire has been defined as pregeneric in that all forms of satire reflect existing genres. Two genres that have been used for satirical purposes are the nightly television news broadcast (e.g., The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”) and news commentary and punditry programming (The Colbert Report). In addition to embracing television-based genres, satire news can reflect the basic formatting of other media outlets such as the daily newspaper (The Onion). Researchers have argued that content of this kind is used as a vehicle to present the human folly of politics as well as the inherent weaknesses of the news industry. This entry ...

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