Posts tagged with ‘parody’

Beating up on [cable news’] excesses is like riding down the hill after a bloody battle and shooting the wounded.

David Carr, New York Times. Parodying Cable News With a Talk About Race.

Background:

On Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “All In,” Chris Hayes had a very direct conversation about race with the Gawker writer Cord Jefferson. Prompted by a news report of a group of young people in Huntington Beach, Calif., who looted and vandalized property, the pair lamented the lack of community leadership and suggested that acting out in that manner was a learned behavior.

It was a joke. Actually, there were two beats to the joke. The young people they were talking about were white. And the whole discussion was a put-on, a satire meant to show how lame the hoary race tropes of cable news have become.

As a comedy bit, it was very well done. Both men were straight-faced and earnest. Mr. Hayes, tapping his inner Bill O’Reilly, did a fine job of bloviating his way through an introduction heavy with outrage: “The story of the white criminal culture is not a story the mainstream media will tell you. But once you scratch the surface, these stories are everywhere you look.”

If you haven’t seen the segment, it’s well worth the five minutes to watch typical cable news tropes turned on their head.

MSNBC, When will moderate whites condemn dangerous White Culture?

Carr’s analysis of the segment hits the usual notes: cable’s inability (or unwillingness) to present nuance, and its manufactured outrage as it fills a 24 hour news hole. But he also discusses the very real effect of a (mostly younger) audience used to the news as presented by The Daily Show and Colbert Report, writing, “MSNBC was temporarily acting as a kind of self-cleaning oven, parodying the excesses of cable from a very near distance.”

For his part, Hayes tells Carr, “The biggest challenge is to find a way to surprise viewers and subvert expectations. The format is in need of evolution.”

Subvert away.

Lincoln, Tax and Spend Socialist

Via Flackcheck.org, a sister project to Factcheck.org from Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

The site “uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns.”

'Huffington Post' Employee Sucked Into Aggregation Turbine
Horrified Workers Watch As Colleague Torn Apart By Powerful Content-Gathering Engine.
Via The Onion.

'Huffington Post' Employee Sucked Into Aggregation Turbine

Horrified Workers Watch As Colleague Torn Apart By Powerful Content-Gathering Engine.

Via The Onion.

photojojo:

We’ve heard of Photoshop by Adobe, but have you heard of Fotoshop by Adobé?

It’ll make your skin sparkle.

Fotoshop by Adobé WILL Make You Perfect

FJP: Win!

(via darylelockhart)

The Strunk & White Rap

My name is Strunk

And they call me White

Here to teach you how to put the pen down right.

I see that your writing is a little bit wild

These. Are. The Elements of Style.

This is how they roll at the Columbia J-School.

Stephen Colbert on CNN’s firing of approximately 50 journalists after the network completed a study on the quality of user generated content it was receiving via platforms such as iReport. 

From time to time, this space will serve to mock and highlight the ridiculousness that are lifestyles pieces. After a while, you’ll see that newspapers are just telling us what we already know.

In this article from Poynter, a Twitter account mocks lifestyle pieces — most often — from the New York Times.

H/T: Poynter

(Source: bit.ly)

Women’s Magazine Template.
Sex, you’re doing it WRONG, Dammit!
Found via Twitter… don’t know the source. Hit us up if you do.
We think it’s originally from this post at Cracked.

Women’s Magazine Template.

Sex, you’re doing it WRONG, Dammit!

Found via Twitter… don’t know the source. Hit us up if you do.

We think it’s originally from this post at Cracked.

We can get behind it.

wnyc:

Heavy swearing from Ira Glass. Excellent.

(also: co-sign on the effort)

afajp:

You know him as host of NPR’s “This American Life,” but we here at AFAJP strictly know Ira Glass as devoted supporter of our mission to get The Onion a Pulitzer Prize. 

Are you as angry as he is? 

Why are more Americans turning to fake news sources like ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report,’ as well as satirical rag ‘The Onion?’

At the Fast Company Most Creative People in Business event last week, Onion editor Baratunde Thurston said that today’s real news is farcical, and the lack of trust is so great that the audience has decided to cut out the middle man (aka the mainstream media), and go straight to the source.  

(Source: Fast Company)

So just who is Next Media Animation?

MNA is a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s largest publicly-owned Chinese-language media company, Next Media Limited.

However, the animation group is based in Taipei and New York City.

Via Behind the Wall:

The NMA team comprises some 300 people in Taipei and a handful more in New York—all of whom are responsible for producing some 210 minutes of animation every week for the Hong Kong and Taiwan editions of Apple Daily and Next Media TV, also based in Taipei.

[Michael Logan, Content and Business Development Manager], helps to helm the international team. The eight editorial staff members in Taipei are a mix of Taiwanese who have spent time in the U.S. and, in one instance, South Africa, and Westerners who all have some degree of fluency in Chinese and have experience working in Greater China. Four more work in the New York office, which also includes native Taiwanese. Most are former journalists.

Yes, journalism. Never know where it might lead you.

How to use a magazine. Via Subtraction.

How to use a magazine. Via Subtraction.

As we walked among the pens, I saw once-proud Wikipedia articles with their references brutally amputated. I saw a scrawny post about cleaning silverware that was so infested with links that it was hard to tell where the content ended and the URIs began. Incomplete sentences huddled, shivering, waiting for a verb that would never arrive. It was obvious that few of the articles had even been edited, and none had seen the warm, clear light of a style guide.