sh.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Serious news - a laughing matter?: How four segments from the satirical news program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver were portrayed in American news outlets
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Satirical news programs are a very popular concept where people tune in to them for a laugh and might leave with a bit more knowledge on the subjects reported. With the popularity of such shows growing the media’s covering of them grows as well. The question is then how the media portrays these satirical news shows. In this study a framing analysis is used to analyse articles by four American news outlets – two traditional and two modern – to assess how the media is portraying the newer satirical news program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. There has been a lot of research done on how satirical programs affect the world around them but this study instead looks at how the media chooses to portray such a show. The focus is on whether the media treats the program as entertainment or more like another news outlet and what kind of effect that could have on the two genres satire and news. This study shows that the media presents the program as not just a comedy show that makes fun of news but also as a credible source of information. It is portrayed as a bit of both and one is not shown to contradict the other. This indicates that the distinction between genres such as satire and news is blurring which in turn can make it harder for the audience to separate the two and thereby make it more difficult to know what is news and what is not.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
framing analysis, genres, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, news, satire
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32015DiVA: diva2:1073249
Subject / course
Journalism
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-02-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Serious news - a laughing matter?(797 kB)116 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 797 kBChecksum SHA-512
449cb21f407c984a60688be32e14bf60253341556e5e9bff1db61428843ac09c2bc7d84f6fda5c9ae0dfb38b20625381aeb288dc82dfcb53e14b87f89f242bbc
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Journalism
Media and Communications

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 116 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 398 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf