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Politics Upside-Down: A study of political satire in the satirical shows Folkets främsta  företrädare, Public Service and Tankesmedjan on Swedish public television and radio during the election campaigns of 2014
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Does political satire challenge prevailing political discourse and norms? This is a question that has been widely debated during recent decades, especially following the latest “satire boom” in mass media. In this study of political satire in the satirical shows Folkets främsta företrädare (Swedish public service television), Public Service and Tankesmedjan (Swedish public service radio) during the election campaigns of 2014, the presentational styles, satirical techniques, key themes and main targets of critique are outlined. The aim is to analyse how the shows present and use political satire in order to offer critique and discuss national politics and the elections, as well as how practices of carnival are enacted through the shows and how this challenges and contributes to prevailing political discourse. I use the theory of carnival to analyse how the shows offer critique as well as challenge and/or contribute to political information and discourse, leading to a discussion of how the political satire could work to promote and affect political engagement. The content is analysed using a two-level analysis consisting of a symptomal reading followed by a critical discourse analysis. The findings conclude that the political satire both reproduces and challenges dominant political discourse by offering critique though various satirical techniques. Even though it is presented as entertainment in the realm of popular culture, it does not degrade political information, but follows ideals of participation and works as an information source to be counted upon in the political discourse surrounding the campaigns. It is discussed that its ability as modern appropriations of carnival to create an alternative perspective, a second social world of carnival laughter, could affect and promote political engagement.

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2015. , 88 p.
Keyword [en]
satire, political satire, carnival, radio, television
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115373OAI: diva2:797016
Available from: 2015-03-22 Created: 2015-03-21 Last updated: 2015-03-22Bibliographically approved

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