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“Satire is super powerful in an era with lots of misinformations”. Writer and Penn State University Professor Sophia McClennen tells us why news did fail and why satire is better

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The question “where do you take your infos from?” has had some solid one or two good answers a couple of years ago: it varied between news televisions or the newspapers.

The internet era changed that from the scratch. Younger generations gather their information from social media most of the time, while the old habits started to lose more and more adepts.

But the news – as we know them – changed as well. And that’s mostly due to the political strategies that have led to mistrust in the whole journalism industry.

What’s wrong with the News?

Associate Director of the Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs and the Director of the Center for Global Studies, Sophia McClennen believes that satire is the political idiom of the young generation.

“Satire is about exposing the truth and making fun of stupidity. It doesn’t try to be neutral. It tryes to be smart” Sophia McClennen

When she is asked “what’s wrong with the news?“, Sophia’s answer is very simple: “pretty much everything!

  • Historical progression away from information and knowledge toward hype, spectacle and stupidity
  • Misinform viewers
  • Invest more in pundits than reporters
  • Opinion over fact
  • Stupid, sensational mainstream news opens door to fake news
  • Partisan news divides country and leads to distrust media

Satire works as a watchdog for the news!

Presenting at iCEE.fest 2017, Sophia McClennen came with strog arguments favoring satire over news. “Satire is doing a better job covering Trump than the news itself”, she says.

  • Daily Show and Colbert Report viewers score higher than those of Fox News viewers on a pool of knowledge of current events

“We have an extraordinary situation. This is the first time in US history that we have a president who have never served the country in any capacity” Sophia McClennen

Here is an exclusive interview with Sophia McClennen on why satire and viral comedy are a better solution than journalism to win the fake news war.

Trump is a Joke: How satire beats news in making sense of a crazy world” – was Sophia McClennen’s presentation @ iCEE.fest 2017. The video is available in iCEE.academy.

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Daniel Marton

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Daniel Marton

After 3 years as a radio reporter (back in 2003), Daniel has experienced some other options that media can offer: 2 years as a special reporter (print), 2 years as a news commentator (tv), 2 years as an editor-in-chief (online) plus another 5 years as an online manager (digital). Since 2016, he is a freelance journalist, delivering documented articles and creative ideas for any kind of media. Ever since then, Daniel joined the iCEE.fest family, as a contributing editor for iCEE.news.

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