I was surprised to find that many of my peers believed satirical news reports to be a form of culture jamming; I did not find any blogs that agreed with my opposing view. Many of my peers focused on the content of satirical news reports when deciding if they were a form of culture jamming, but I think it is important to not only look at the content of media we consume but to also look at where it comes from, as media sources are a very important tool in assessing the reliability of the media.
There were many different opinions on the reliability of the satirical news reports, Emma Goegan commented in her blog that satirical news reports “keep the youth interested and informed about politics and world events through satirical humor and honest presentation of the news.” The fact that she sees the reports as honest would suggest that she finds them reliable; this could in turn show how the youth trusts satirical news reports more than their traditional counterparts. The lack of trust exhibited by younger generations could be due to the vast amounts of media we have been exposed to for our whole life; we have learnt to be cynical when watching media such as traditional news reports as there have been so many scandals.
Taylor Umer talked about the reliability of satirical news reports in his blog; he believed that “fake news shows aren’t completely reliable”. Taylor believed that these shows were not reliable because the presenters are not journalists or politicians, just comedians. This raises an important point, they have not been trained in the fields that they are discussing so it could be argued that they are not portraying accurate or educational media that could be useful to the viewer, thereby reducing the reliability of their reports.
These first two blogs led me to believe that the satirical news reports could actually be detrimental to our public sphere because the information that they provide could be false due to the improper training of the presenters and furthermore the audience is more likely to trust these reports leading to a trusted but unreliable source of news.
However, Nick Hamilton’s blog changed my mind. Nick discussed how he believed that the satirical news is beneficial to the public sphere even though it may not be entirely accurate because “its function is not to inform viewers but to promote critique which means the accuracy of the information becomes almost unimportant”. I agree with this point because it shows that when satirical news is watched as well as more traditional news forms then it promotes individual thinking from the consumer as they make their own decisions about what views to believe and support. This creates an overall better society as we form our own opinions instead of consuming and regurgitating others.