After reading some of my classmate’s blogs on satirical news I have come to the understanding that many of us think that these news shows are indeed useful to the public sphere. Most of the blogs I read were under the same consensus that although these shows possess elements that could create biases they are still overall useful and informative.
In David O’Connor’s blog he makes a point of saying that shows like the daily show, and the Rick Mercer report, are informative but their content should always be taken with a grain of salt. He goes on to say, “They exist to make the public use their brain, to think about things a little deeper, and lighten up about various topics. Especially when the topic is a politician such as Stephen Harper, Mike Duffy, or Rob Ford, the audience needs to be aware that what they are about to watch is not going to give the most accurate representation of what is going on.” Satirical news reports are at the end of the day a source of entertainment, and their content should never be taken too seriously.
Another blog I read was Haya Alsakka’s who also seemed to think similarly. She goes on to say “The objective of this media is to make money from this form of entertainment. However they do so by crossing boundaries in how much they criticize companies, politicians, and anyone with a large effect on our society’s customs and behaviour”. Haya’s point is similar to mine that these news shows at the end of the day are just entertainment sources, and ultimately look to attract viewers with humorous content.
Madelaine Legault’s has a different point of view and goes on to say “While this satirical imitation of form is humorous in effect, it seems to create a blurred distinction between the “real” delivery of hegemonic news, and the “fake” delivery of the satirical product of the former. When I watch Jon Stewart, it is often without foreknowledge of the news items to which he refers; I do not watch for a parody of the news, but for the news itself, free of bias and taint from mainstream media.” Although satirical news shows are classified as entertainment genre, their content and availability of valid information propels their status as a legitimate news show for audiences and becomes a trusted source although it isn’t the most accurate source. The hosts of these shows usually stress their opinions on their shows, which could lead to misconceptions of facts.
Satirical news reports are highly ambitious with their content, because they look to stimulate their audience intellectually on current events while at the same time being a source of entertainment. Their content should always be taken with a grain of salt, and not be taken too seriously. However these shows are definitely useful to the public sphere and this is an opinion that I see many of my classmates share. I think that these shows should be put out there for people to watch alongside other media broadcasts because their satirical content allows us to critically examine other media sources and subsequently alleviate the public sphere.