After reading several blogs posted by my fellow classmates, I can definitely see a trend where most believe that satirical news reportage is not the most reliable news source out there, but they do not think it is completely false either.
People in the younger age demographic must be aware of what is going on around them, but as we all know, traditional news programs are unbelievably boring and dull, especially for teenagers, this is where satirical news programs come into play. As Brandon stated in his blog, “For me, personally, I see these shows as a reliable and more entertaining way of acquiring important information that I would not otherwise find out about due to the news’ aforementioned dull and depressing nature. While they are not always, of course, the most reliably accurate and honest source of information they take steps further than their serious counterparts by adding the element of humour and entertainment.” (http://bkennedy94.blogspot.ca/2013/11/is-fake-news-real-news.html) Satirical news reportage has become an important part of the media industry. If it was not for such shows, teenagers and other people in different age demographics would have no idea what is going on in the world, and they certainly cannot be blamed because traditional news programs have become boring, depressing, and very repetitive.
Furthermore, these days, reporters, and news presenters are so focused on the news and facts, causing them to forget the importance of the presentation. As Jamie argues, “Although it may not be the best way to report news for everyone, I do believe it is a good source for news. When the reporters are more focussed on the delivery it tends to be easier to follow.” (http://comedressedtoimpress.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/cpcf-1f25-is-the-fake-news-the-real-news/) Again, these satirical shows are very effective at delivering news to the public. While some might think of it as a comedy show, I believe it is much more than just that, there are many underlying important messages being delivered to the public. Unlike traditional news programs that tend to use long, complex and confusing words and sentence structures, these satirical news programs’ messages are being delivered to us in a simple, indirect and satirical manner, to ensure that we keep watching and not get bored or confused by what they are trying to say or prove.
However, some might argue that satirical news reportage should not be taken seriously, and that it is nothing but a comedy show. As Berna stated in her blog, “News coming from these shows are not an effective way to obtain news because it does not go into detail about the news story, it focuses on one part and joke about it.” (http://bernacayabyab.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-the-fake-news-the-real-news/) There seems to be a general idea between people that although these satirical news shows are not completely false, they are not the full story either. These shows are intended to make money, and the only way they are going to effectively do that is by advertising which needs people’s views. Therefore, if they start focusing on all the details, they will become just like any other traditional news program and eventually start losing viewers and money. Hence, they tend to give us the brief summary of what is going on with humor added to it, and if people are interested in the full detailed story, they can refer to other sources.
To sum up, it seems like there is a general idea of the satirical news reportage being less reliable that traditional news reportage. However, most people are aware of that, hence they do not fully trust such sources, and therefore I do not think it causes any negative implications to our contemporary public sphere.