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.

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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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ID Code: 31263
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intertextuality, The Chaser, Current Affairs, Australian Television, Media Audiences
ISSN: 1329-878X
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
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 University of Queensland.
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2010 06:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:21

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