This thesis addresses the function of satire in the political news culture. This perspective is based on the issue of a diminishing trust in the established media’s democratic role as watchdogs for our political institutions and how satire offers itself as a replacement to this role in the hopes of regaining the trust to the media. With the appliance of Erving Goffman's theatrical metaphors, the thesis finds that the satire, which revolves around the political news culture, observes a news media that has established their act on what could be defined as a reality show. Just as we would see it in reality shows; alliances, manipulation, staged drama, and self-importance makes up the cornerstones in the political news media’s critical journalistic work. With Slavoj Žižek's modern critique of ideology, it is shown how satirists through their critic and disclosure of the news media are also embedded in the very same ideology as them. This is visible in their desire for the audience's attention, which they try to gain by applying some of the same reality oriented instruments and agendas as the ones they criticized the news media for using. This makes satire a genre that we need to be critical about, as its embedding in the reality-ideology makes for a paradox. On one side it enables us to think critically of the political news media, which may resolve some of the issues at hand. On the other side, there is an imminent risk that satire derives our attention and pacifies the criticism of our journalistic and political powers. With this in mind, the thesis concludes that we must consume satire with some reservation and critical thinking.
|Educations||MSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis|
|Number of pages||159|