After reading the opinions of my colleagues, it has been discovered that the general consensus is that satirical news reporting is a positive contribution to the society. However, it is also unanimous that satirical reporting is also considered culture jamming. A common comment from my colleagues was the comedy that came along with the news made watching the show and learning about the world’s events much more enjoyable. Tori Gligic made a good point mentioning that she is more educated on events, but watches for the comedy: “personally, I would rather watch a satirical news reporting, which would give keep me updated on what I need to know around the world, yet still keep me laughing and intrigued.”
Although the reporting is laced with comedy and mockery, to say that satirical reporting is not consistent or factual would be an exaggeration. Keenan Beaumont pointed out that despite the alternative delivery, the news itself is not far off the mark: “although the presentations are slightly different, the same basic facts can be gathered from both forms of media, with some added benefits to satirical news.” If anything, satirical news is more effective as it draws more views in than the regular news, and thusly educates more of the public.
Despite the positive connotation that satirical news reporting has, there are also downfalls to the comedy and skits that are performed on these shows. Shai-Ann Richards spoke about the bad reputation the hosts accumulate while reporting on these shows, “satirical news can make professionals seem like liars or deceivers as they are often mocked and made fun of. This is in turn makes it harder for the public to take the people in leadership serious or to trust them, causing them to constantly prove themselves.” The same can be said about the mock advertising that appears during these shows; while the commercials are funny, they also anger the legitimate brands whom are the target of the mocking, claiming these mock ads are potentially injuring sales.
Special Thanks to:
Tori Gligic: http://torigligic.wordpress.com/
Keenan Beaumont: http://keenbeau80.wordpress.com
Shai-Ann Richards: http://shaiannrichards.wordpress.com