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From the “Little Aussie Bleeder” to Newstopia : (really) fake news in Australia

Harrington, Stephen (2012) From the “Little Aussie Bleeder” to Newstopia : (really) fake news in Australia. Popular Communication, 10(1-2), pp. 27-39.

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Abstract

This paper offers an overview of the key characteristics of “fake” news in the Australian national context. Focusing on two television shows – The Norman Gunston Show and NEWStopia – it historicizes “fake” news within Australian television culture, situating it as part of a broader tradition of what Turner (1989) calls “Transgressive TV.” After analyzing the core comedic themes, styles, and intertextual relationships of both shows, the paper concludes that, although news parody in Australia has tended to be highly fictionalized, it may nevertheless play a vital role in helping viewers better understand generic devices that frame and govern “real” television news.

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ID Code: 48573
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: "Fake" News, Australian Television, Satire, Norman Gunston, Shaun Micallef
DOI: 10.1080/15405702.2012.638571
ISSN: 1540-5702
Subjects: 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
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright Routledge 2012
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Harrington, Stephen (2012) From the “Little Aussie Bleeder” to Newstopia : (really) fake news in Australia. Popular Communication, 10(1-2), pp. 27-39. Popular Communication is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2012 11:08
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2012 14:31

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