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Pretend News, False News, Fake News: The <i>Onion</i> as Put-On, Prank, and Legend

Pretend News, False News, Fake News: The Onion as Put-On, Prank, and Legend <p>Abstract:</p><p>The <i>Onion</i> parodies the rhetorical strategies of local, national, and tabloid newspapers. As its mediation shifted from newsprint to website and ultimately to social media, the cues suggesting its interpretation as inherently parodic grew potentially diffuse, especially as the act of sharing comprises both accidental and creative decontextualization. This paper contributes to a discussion of "fake news" by tracing the consequences of shifting digital contexts, the ambiguity of original intent, and the rhetoric of parody as put-on.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

Pretend News, False News, Fake News: The <i>Onion</i> as Put-On, Prank, and Legend

Journal of American Folklore , Volume 131 (522) – Nov 2, 2018

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American Folklore Society
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Copyright © 2008 the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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1535-1882

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>The <i>Onion</i> parodies the rhetorical strategies of local, national, and tabloid newspapers. As its mediation shifted from newsprint to website and ultimately to social media, the cues suggesting its interpretation as inherently parodic grew potentially diffuse, especially as the act of sharing comprises both accidental and creative decontextualization. This paper contributes to a discussion of "fake news" by tracing the consequences of shifting digital contexts, the ambiguity of original intent, and the rhetoric of parody as put-on.</p>

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Journal of American FolkloreAmerican Folklore Society

Published: Nov 2, 2018

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