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The Ethics of Fake News

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lance forrest

on 2 December 2014

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Transcript of The Ethics of Fake News

Jon Stewart - Rosewater

Young males
Interest in
political news
Writing and directorial debut
True story of Iranian-Canadian journalist

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Fake vs. Satire News

The Controversy of Fake News
Fake news hosts gain views and outreach by “stirring the pot” of controversial subjects
Satire news has a realist approach bringing issues to light.

The Ethics of Fake News
Can Satire Cause Harm?
Satirical News as Social Critique
The Daily Show and its three part component

Anna Nicole Smith

Satire Can Be Serious

Jon Stewarts 9/11 Monolog
Serious appearances on major news networks
“Compounding the problem is that often the audience doesn’t care when the lines of truth and entertainment are blurred.”
Satirical news is...
Fake news is....

For people who don’t watch regular news
For people who are educated on a topic
Filmed in front a live studio audience
A serious source of broadcast journalism
Blends comedy with news

Made up news about current events
Comical standpoint
Can be misinterpreted if not informed

The Onion News
Audience informed on current affairs in comedic ways
How many 18-30 year olds receive news
“The audience not only assumes, but even requires, previous and significant knowledge”

Uneducated and ill-informed people may take the stories more seriously
Satire is proven to be more informative

The “Show Within A Show Effect”

Humor and emotion as a form of relation opposed to a detached kind of connection

“Between Two Ferns” Zach Galifianakis
The ‘Colbert Bump’
Audiences learn something through comedy

The media unleashed a full scale coverage orgy with CNN, at one point, going 90 minutes without a commercial making the death of Anna Nicole Smith a more significant news event than a State of the Union address and slightly less than 9/11. - Jon Stewart

Satirical News “Check”
Government “Check”

Media and Democratic “Check”
Hypocrisy and Irrationality

Jon Stewart Tries To Make Bill O'Reilly Admit White Privilege Exists. And Fails.
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