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ERIC Number: EJ877624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
A.B.C. Prunes, U.F.O. News, and Politicks: Parody in Media Literacy Education
Ohta, Ralph
Educational Perspectives, v38 n2 p12-16 2005
Parody is a form of imitation with the added elements of comedic twists, turns, and exaggerations. To create a parody of something, one has to understand it before beginning to alter it for humorous effect. Parodies are used by teachers of writing, music, and art as a method of educating and evaluating students' understanding of the styles of the masters. Parody is also a useful and valuable activity in media education. Parody can reinforce what the students have learned by allowing them to transform the original story into something new, while retaining the structures and conventions of the original work. Parody in media or video education allows students to analyze and come to a better understanding, not only the structures and conventions of the various genres of the media, but also of the world around them. It provokes them to question what they see. In this article, the author illustrates this point with three examples. The first shows students analyzing, questioning, and playing with the genre of television news. The final two examples are parodies of T.V. commercials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)