Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Parody of News
The parody of print and broadcast news involves the employment of a variety of print, televisual, and filmic representations of journalism and journalists for comedic and often satirical purposes. Closely related to the literary traditions of satire and lampoon, news parodies frequently combine humorous content with biting criticisms of the shortcomings of the media business. Traditionally, a piece can be considered parody when it draws upon an existing, commonly “serious” work for comical or critical effect. While parody is closely related to satire, the two terms are not interchangeable—the primary purpose of parody is typically humor, while although satire often contains elements of humor, it does not have to be funny. (Satire is more concerned with presenting the faults and failings of some entity or situation with the objective of shaming or ridiculing the target into change.) The roots of parody stretch back to ancient Greece, with Aristophanes often credited ...