Taking comedy seriously: the changing role and effects of modern television satire on society in Britain

Latter, Annabelle (2012) Taking comedy seriously: the changing role and effects of modern television satire on society in Britain. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since the British ‘satire boom’ of the 1960s television satire and news parody have risen in popularity. This dissertation assesses what satire is, its effects and the concerns there have been with it in the past to determine the potential level of influence that it has generally. Next, contemporary satire and news parody are looked at with specific focus on 'Have I Got News For You' and '10 O’Clock Live', in relation to their treatment of politics and the news and the messages this treatment conveys. It will also look at the purposes of these shows and if their success or failure support or deny allegations that British satire has ‘lost its bite’. It will then argue that television satire has aided in the creation of celebrity politicians, that the uses of satire have changed and by extension this has resulted in entertainers becoming more widely accepted as commentators in the political arena. It also discusses how notions of fandom aid the authority of these commentators. Following this it will address the recent concerns that television satire is used by young voters as a source of campaign information, why this may be, and whether this is a negative movement or evidence of politics becoming more accessible, these concerns are the reason behind this dissertation and why it is important to assess the influence that satire has and the ways in which it is used today. This dissertation concludes that, while there are legitimate concerns over authenticity, ultimately it is a good thing that politics, the news and comedy have merged because it results in politics becoming more accessible, the public becoming more knowledgeable of bias that exists in the news and it provides alternative viewpoints to the press.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 15:24
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14177

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