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Laughing with / at the national self: Greek television satire and the politics of self-disparagement

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Georgia Aitaki
Publicerad i Social Semiotics
ISSN 1035-0330
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG)
Språk en
Länkar https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330.20...
Ämnesord Television satire, national identity, Neoellinas, irony, Greece, Oi Afthairetoi
Ämneskategorier Kulturstudier, Medievetenskap

Sammanfattning

This study engages with the cultural consequences of the self-disparaging politics of television satire. It focuses on an emblematic program of Greek television fiction, Oi Afthairetoi (MEGA channel, 1989–1991) and the ways it both constructs and ridicules a particular version of the Greek self, the “Neoellinas”. By proposing a wider understanding of the political side-effects of television satire, which have so far been mainly addressed within the study of political satire, it turns the attention toward the role of satirical discourse in a public’s view on its national self in times of change or transition. More specifically, while it recognizes the contradictory impact that satire can have on society, it applies the concept of “satiric misfire” as a means to understand satirical endeavors which reinforce rather than counter the problematics they set out to fight against in the first place.

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