Chasing Reporters : Intertextuality, Entertainment and Public Knowledge
Harrington, Stephen (2010) Chasing Reporters : Intertextuality, Entertainment and Public Knowledge. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 134, pp. 121-130.
This paper examines ‘What Have We Learned From Current Affairs This Week?’: a very successful weekly segment from the ABC program The Chaser’s War on Everything. It argues that through its intertextual satire, this regular segment acts not as a traditional news program would in presenting news updates on current events, but as a text which reflects on the way news is reported and how this, in turn, may shape public discourse. While the program has been highly controversial (enduring many a loud call for it to be pulled from air), this form of light entertainment can play an important public service by encouraging citizens to ‘read through’ (Gray, 2006: 104) commercial current affairs’ façade of ‘quality’ journalism.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Intertextuality, The Chaser, Current Affairs, Australian Television, Media Audiences|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 University of Queensland.|
|Deposited On:||11 Mar 2010 16:18|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:21|
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