You laugh but it’s true!: how does satirical television tackle the world?

Wiafe, Jake Julian Chukwuka Akotto (2016) You laugh but it’s true!: how does satirical television tackle the world? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since the days of Aristophanes, satire has constantly adapted to provide commentary on current events. From Nero to Nixon, the Trojans to the Trumps, none have escaped the scathing rebuke of satirists. In this day and age, most prominent satire can be found on television, making it much easier to develop a wider audience. Therefore this study was made in order to analyse exactly how satirical television programmes use their wit in order to tackle the problems of today and to gauge just how effective these efforts were. This study utilised both primary and secondary research, with a focus group being put together in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the effect that delivering a moral message humorously can have on its audience; and journals, books and reviews being used to provide further context to the deconstruction. The study ultimately concluded that satire is at its most effective when it is using humour to bring issues within society into the public’s attention.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2016 12:13
    Last Modified: 12 Aug 2016 12:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21490

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