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Satiric TV in the AmericasCritical Metatainment as Negotiated Dissent$
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Paul Alonso

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190636500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190636500.001.0001

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TV Satire and Critical Metatainment in the Americas

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Satiric TV in the Americas

Paul Alonso

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 introduces contemporary satiric TV shows as new forms of negotiated dissent that respond, at the national and global level, to the relation between power and media, the evolution of media spectacle and infotainment as a primary form of political communication, and the connection between national traumas, social tensions, and popular culture. After formulating the structural research questions, this chapter presents the theoretical and academic context of satire in Latin America and the United States, and describes the satiric cases to be analyzed throughout the book. It places the phenomenon of satiric TV as sociopolitical communication within the following intellectual debates and lines of work in media studies and popular culture: 1) media spectacle and global infotainment; 2) celebrity culture and identity; 3) tabloidization, hybridity, and discursive integration in the post-network era; and 4) satire, carnival, and critical metatainment. It finally presents the structure of the book.

Keywords:   satiric TV, media spectacle, global infotainment, celebrity culture, identity, tabloidization, hybridity, discursive integration, carnival, critical metatainment

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