News Parody and Political Satire

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News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe 1st Edition

by Geoffrey Baym (Editor),‎ Jeffrey P. Jones (Editor)

In recent years, the US fake news program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has become a surprisingly important source of information, conversation, and commentary about public affairs. Perhaps more surprisingly, so-called ‘fake news’ is now a truly global phenomenon, with various forms of news parody and political satire programming appearing throughout the world.

This collection of innovative chapters takes a close and critical look at global news parody from a wide range of countries including the USA and the UK, Italy and France, Hungary and Romania, Israel and Palestine, Iran and India, Australia, Germany, and Denmark. Traversing a range of national cultures, political systems, and programming forms, News Parody and Political Satire Across the Globe offers insight into the central and perhaps controversial role that news parody has come to play in the world, and explores the multiple forces that enable and constrain its performance. It will help readers to better understand the intersections of journalism, politics, and comedy as they take shape across the globe in a variety of political and media systems.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Popular Communication.

Editorial Reviews


‘In addition to its transnational focus, the collection is also commendable for not suffering from the theory-ridden dryness that accompanies much scholarship on comedy and for sustaining a high quality of scholarship throughout.’ Perin Gürel, Journal of American Studies of Turkey

About the Author

Geoffrey Baym is Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA. He is the author of From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News (2010) and numerous articles and book chapters on the changing nature of news media and political discourse.

Jeffrey P. Jones is Director of the Institute of Humanities at Old Dominion University, USA. The author of Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Political Engagement, 2nd edition (2010), he is also co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (2009) and The Essential HBO Reader (2008).

Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1138109371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1138109377
  • Package Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Comprehensive Overview of News Parody Programs Worldwide

November 14, 2012

Format: Hardcover

Geoffrey Baym and Jeffrey P. Jones’s collection traces the fortunes of news parody shows in twelve different countries across the globe. Their content is both universal and particular: news parodies transfer easily across cultures (witness the success of the German version of The Daily Show), while incorporating culture-specific elements. In Denmark and Hungary programmes draw on traditions of political cabaret, while parodies in India speak to the anti-colonial, oppositional press (p. 7). The collection also shows how technology – satellite television, Facebook and YouTube – has facilitated the growth of news parody programs; they have become so powerful that politicians of all persuasions have decided to appear on them in an attempt to influence `the national [and global] conversation’ (p. 10). A very readable book, suitable for dipping into, as well as finding out a global overview of a powerful and often contentious topic.

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