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How to Identify Satire From Misinformation?

How to Identify Satire From Misinformation?

Satire can empower, and it can misinform. In this week’s episode, we ponder over the thin line between satire and misinformation with cartoonist George Mathen and comedian Kunal Kamra.

Here is an excerpt from the episode:

There’s a common conception that young people, starting from the millenials, have increasingly detached themselves from mainstream news, on the account of it being boring, too serious, too dark, too repetitive.

And then you have a new format that become popular in the late 20th century – Satire. Comedy Central’s Daily Show, HBO’s Last Week Tonight and Netflix’s Patriot Act are some of the most popular satirical news shows right now.

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And al of these shows are highly informational, educational and they show content with high news value. And what sets these shows apart is its use of comedy – which is opposed to the very serious voice taken by mainstream news anchors.

Some of the latest research in communication science have revealed that satire can be a very powerful tool to get people hooked on news and into politics.

But there is a catch. Satire has now been classified as a form of misinformation.

In this episode, we shall speak to a well known comedian and a graphic novelist to ponder over the importance of satire, and how it can be spread without misinforming the audience.

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Archis is a fact-checker and reporter at BOOM. He has previously worked as a journalist for broadsheet newspapers and in communications for a social start-up incubator. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and a Master's in Media and Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam.

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