TV Satire as Critical Metatainment and Negotiated Dissent
Chapter 7 details the conclusions of the book. Summarizing the analysis of the cases in light of the research questions, it contrasts and compares among the cases in order to illuminate similarities and differences. The final analysis also highlights the local implications of the global trend toward infotainment and spectacle, locating satire at a privileged intersection between transgression and media norms. Using the notion of “critical metatainment”—a postmodern, carnivalesque result of and a transgressive, self-referential reaction to the process of tabloidization and the cult of celebrity in the media spectacle era—this book argues that the global trend toward political satire television should be understood as a space of “negotiated dissent,” where sociopolitical and cultural tensions are played out.
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