Making sense of “fake news”

Under this new presidency, it has become necessary to be able to deconstruct what is “real news” and what is “fake news”. Parodic or satirical news has often times come under fire for just that, walking along the lines of real of fake news, but it should not be written off as fake news. Parodic or satirical news, whether it be in the form of print or a parodic news segment, is really just another way that news is being presented to us, but it does so in a mocking way, allowing its readers or viewers to analyze what it is that is being mocked and why. It could also be argued that the comedic factor that goes into play with parodic or satirical news might be a coping mechanism, depending on what is being reported on.

However, like my classmate Michael Kroymann stated in his blog post, this type of news is also able to exist due to privilege and power. Often times I will see a post on my social media, mocking someone who mistook an Onion article as real. This goes along with what Michael was saying, how part of what makes satirical news appealing is the fact that it allows us to feel above others if we understand it. I did not learn what satire was until my sixth grade English class, and while I would imagine that almost everyone learns how to recognize satire in a school and learning environment, this might not be the case for everyone. This in turn creates irony in the use of fake news, because while it is trying to deconstruct other systems of power, it still manages to create its’ own.

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