After reading several of my classmates blogs, I have come to the consensus that we believe the “fake” news to be just as valid and important as the “real” news. It provides a satirical but informational view on current news that even those who are uninterested with current events can be entertained by. Out of the blogs that I read, three stood out to me. These were blogs by Chris Cardillo, O’Connor Hotwani, and Jessica Znaczko.
In Chris Cardillo’s blog (http://cardilloblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/1f25-post-4-is-the-fake-news-the-real-news/) He Suggests that people are able to take in the news, however negative, much more effectively if it is presented in a comedic manner. He says that “By adding humour to otherwise rather serious events, these programs are able to make people more accepting of the news they are receiving. “ If people can laugh off the news they are hearing, maybe they won’t take it so seriously and be able to deal with it instead of becoming stressed. If they see other people joking around about these events, maybe they can identify with them and, in turn, think more lightly of it.
O’Connor Hotwani (http://sh10xo.wordpress.com/) discussed how satirical news shows are a more effective way of getting the news across to teenagers and young adults. He states that “Fake news is funny, entertaining and informative. Youth and teenagers watch this type of media for entertainment… fake news triggers their interest in mainstream news because they need to know about the real news in order to be entertained.” If teenagers want to understand the jokes being made on comedic news shows, they need to be at least somewhat knowledgeable about the world around them. In this way, “fake” news is crucial to a young adult’s understanding of the “real” world. It forces them to become culturally aware in order to be entertained.
The final blog that caught my interest was Jessica Znaczko’s (http://jessicaznaczko.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/cpcf-1f25-blog-entry-4-is-the-fake-news-real-news/). She spoke about the way that “fake” news shows not only entertain and inform us, they also give us new and unique views on modern issues. She said that “Although satirical news reports can be humorous to watch, it gives us different perspectives on many different cultural topics that we are normally told not to question. Using humor in satirical news reports makes this form of culture jamming more lighthearted, easier to understand, and more effective.” Satirical news has no limits. They can feel free to criticize politicians and make light of serious situations as they please. The “anchors” in these TV shows also typically insert their own personal views, which cause the viewer to see it in a different light. “Fake news” allows us to freely think about these things and question them as they please. In this way, it is almost as important as real news.
In conclusion, the “fake news” seems to be as important to real news to my classmates. I feel that it gives us space to think freely. We learn the facts from the real news, and get a chance to question and poke fun at it when watching the “fake” news. It also serves to inform those with little interest in current events, like most teenagers. Overall, the “fake” news may not be so fake after all.