Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Parodying a Parody

Posted by Teresa at 5:17 PM

As you've probably have noticed there is a lot of original content
on the internet. There's also a bunch of parodying of stuff that's
been done before. Sometimes it even leads to parodying a parody.
Fast Hugs has a good example of this. Even a Senator Clinton got
into the parody business. Remember her take on 'The Sopranos' finale?
Be honest how many parodies of the SNL skit 'Lazy Sunday' have you
seen? Or how many vloggers imitated that Leave Britney Alone! viral
video? I'm included in that list.

Parodying is not only seen on the entertainment side of online content
but also in the political commentary on the blogs. Ed Burns said the
following this weekend on "Fox News Watch,"
while discussing the
recent controversy over Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldier" comments:

"Why are the comments of a commentator overriding the actual news
out of Iraq?"

Most of the discourse in the blogosphere is commentary on traditional
news outlets' political commentary. For example, commenting on what
Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, or Keith Olbermann said. Basically, its all just
commentary on someone else's commentary.

I'm not sure why this is the trend on the internet. Perhaps, it is because
most (not all) of the people who produce content for the internet aren't
'professionals,' therefore, we look for traditional media for material. So
I guess my question is does all this parodying make us parrots to old


Anonymous said...

Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.


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