Enlightenment out of chaos : power, politics and The Chaser’s War on Everything

Harrington, Stephen (2011) Enlightenment out of chaos : power, politics and The Chaser’s War on Everything. In International Communication Association's 61st Annual Conference, May 26-30, 2011, Boston, Massachusetts.

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This paper focuses on the satirical Australian television show The Chaser’s War on Everything, and uses it to critically explore the potential ramifications of what McNair (2006) has called ‘cultural chaos’. Through an analysis of several examples from this particular program, alongside interviews with its production team and qualitative audience research, this paper argues that this TV show’s engagement with political issues in a creative, entertaining way that departs from the conventions of traditional journalism, allows it to present a perhaps more authentic image of political agents than is often cultivated in the mainstream news media. This paper therefore provides clear evidence that the shift from homogeneity to heterogeneity in the news media presents a significant challenge to those who wish to heavily control public opinion. It also provides further support for an optimistic re-appraisal of entertainment which emphasises its central (not merely periphery) role in political discourse.

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ID Code: 48519
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: The Chaser, Politics, Journalism, Entertainment, Cultural Chaos
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2012 23:19
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2012 17:22

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