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Test statistics

Test Statistics

  • Multiple Choice Average = 50%

  • Short Answer Average = 79%

  • Essay Average = 86%

  • Exam Average = 68%


Midterm evaluation report

Midterm evaluation Report

  • Most helpful to class:

    • Powerpoint slides and videos = 9

    • Blogs = 5

    • Discussion = 4

    • Course content is relevant = 4

  • Least helpful to class:

    • Blogs = 3

    • Book = 2

  • Improvement

    • More discussion = 3


Politics entertainment media

Politics & Entertainment Media

Dr. Kristen Landreville

Mon. 10/4 & Wed. 10/6

Laughing Matters Ch. 1-2


Transition from bennett to laughing matters

Transition from Bennett to Laughing Matters

Bennett’s Complaints

  • Decline of hard news

  • Rise of soft news

  • 4 information biases

    Focus of Laughing Matters

  • Soft news, political humor, satire

  • Soft news defined as:

    • “…personality driven, focuses on sensationalism and drama rather than facts, and conveys less public affairs information to its audience than hard news.” (Laughing Matters, p. 3)


Defining political humor

Defining Political Humor

  • What are the characteristics and criteria?

  • Funny

    • Makes you laugh, smile, feel good

  • Politically-oriented

    • What is political then?

    • Issues that are controversial

  • Example

    • Jay Leno on President Bush

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z7yFZ-7HwI

    • Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them


Defining political satire

Defining Political Satire

  • How is it different than political humor?

  • Aggressive, Attacking, Offensive

    • People, institutions, and processes

  • Judgment, Criticism

    • Reveals weaknesses of the target

    • Doesn’t necessarily offer solutions

  • Play

    • Construct a game

    • Strategies include: distortion, caricatures, surprise

  • Laughter

    • Makes persuasion possible

  • Audience Knowledge

    • Need to be “in on the joke”


Political satire in america

Political Satire in America

  • Satire is artful political critique

  • Political satire is thriving

    • The Simpsons 1989-2010

    • South Park 1997-2010

    • Family Guy 1999-2010

    • The Daily Show 1996-2010

    • Saturday Night Live 1975-2010

  • 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y97-37xfMo&feature=related

    • Discussion & Comments

    • What larger commentary is he making about the President?

    • About the News Media?


Politics entertainment media1

Politics & Entertainment Media

Dr. Kristen Landreville

Mon. 10/4 & Wed. 10/6

Laughing Matters Ch. 1-2


Brief history of satire

Brief History oF Satire

  • Early Greece

    • Plato: It’s magic, need legal penalties.

  • Early Rome

    • 2 Types: Horatian and Juvenalian

    • Augustus’ ban and punishment by death

  • Britain bans it in Middle Ages

  • Now

    • Literary art form, its own genre

    • Muhammad cartoons

      • South Park - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh4mi2Ea_7o

      • Larry King debate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1SAl0NVEHQ&feature=related


In class assignment 9

In-Class Assignment #9

  • Discussing the VALUE of soft news, humor, and satire

  • In groups of 3-4, discuss and make a list for:

  • The arguments FOR soft news, humor, and satire

  • The arguments AGAINST soft news, humor, and satire


The value of soft news humor satire

The Value of Soft news, humor, & Satire

Arguments FOR

Arguments AGAINST

Bypass traditional emphasis on process and strategy

Allow a political dialogue

Ask substantive questions

Attract the politically uninterestedand unengaged

Increase knowledge

Persuasive because stealth

5th estate – Media watchdogs

Exposure without awareness

High knowledge required (sometimes)

Encourage cynicism and apathy

Open for interpretation

Biased information processing

Confirms one’s beliefs


Politics entertainment media2

Politics & Entertainment Media

Dr. Kristen Landreville

Mon. 10/4 & Wed. 10/6

Laughing Matters Ch. 1-2


Modernity

Modernity

The Concept of “Modernity”

  • Distinct Spheres

    • Science, Politics (Morality), & Art

  • Journalism

    • Empirically searching for political truth; 4th estate

  • News Content

    • Serious, detached, dispassionate

  • Citizens

    • Use journalism to decide, debate, and engage

    • Rationally-based political thinking

  • Economics

    • News as a “loss”, entertainment as a “gain”


Post modernity

Post-Modernity

Beyond Modernity

  • Blended Spheres – Hybridization

  • Journalism

    • Declining objectivity, increasing punditry

  • News Content

    • Politics as “sport” and “theater”

  • Citizens

    • Use journalism to support prior beliefs, audience fragmentation

    • Emotionally-based political thinking

  • Economics

    • Mega-media conglomerates


Post modern style with modernist intentions

Post-Modern Style with Modernist Intentions

Political humor and satire today has…

  • Post-modern style

    • Serious comedy

    • Blends entertainment with news

    • Adds emotion to rational arguments

      WITH

  • Modernist intentions

    • Faith in fact, accountability, and truth

    • Pro citizen-engagement

    • Advocates critical debate

    • Demands journalistic improvement


Blog post 6 due mon 10 11

Blog Post #6DUE Mon. 10/11

  • Topic: Value of late-night comedians in a democracy

  • Read 2 news stories

    • Jon Stewart’s upcoming rally

    • Critique of late-night comedians in democracy

  • Respond to 4 broad questions

    • How frequently do you watch late-night comedy shows?

    • What is your reaction to Jon Stewart’s rally?

    • In a larger sense, what value do you think late-night comedians are to a democratic society?

    • Can you make any connections to what you learned from the first part of this class (i.e., Bennett’s book on the news media and the four information biases)?


For next time

For Next Time…

  • Fri. 10/8

  • Laughing Matters, Ch. 13-14


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