IS IT A JOKE? (4/8)

If the story seems too outrageous, it may be plain old satire, or it could be satire masked as activism. It seems as though sometimes satire may have ulterior motives. The article, ‘Fake accounts, real activism: Political faking and user-generated satire as activist intervention,’ published by New Media & Society, explores user-generated political satire in Italy by focusing on fake political accounts. By fake accounts, the author refers to humorous social media accounts that satirize a politician or a political organization through impersonation. The interviews depict a picture that brings credit to the characterization of satire as a form of activism (p.2208). Another useful resource on detecting satirical fake news can be found at: http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W16-0802

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