YouTubers as satirists: Humour and remix in online video

  • Patrícia Dias da Silva ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal ESCS-IPL, School of Communication and Media Studies, Lisbon, Portugal
  • José Luís Garcia Research fellow, ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Keywords: YouTube, online video, satire, participation, culture jamming, resistance, meme, viral, caricature, popular culture, political discussion, remix, parody, media, fair use, Downfall

Abstract

This article aims to discuss the role humour plays in politics, particularly in a media environment overflowing with user-generated video. We start with a genealogy of political satire, from classical to Internet times, followed by a general description of “the Hitler meme,” a series of videos on YouTube featuring footage from the film Der Untergang and nonsensical subtitles. Amid video-games, celebrities, and the Internet itself, politicians and politics are the target of twenty-first century caricatures. By analysing these videos we hope to elucidate how the manipulation of images is  embedded in everyday practices and may be of political consequence, namely by deflating politicians' constructed media image. The realm of image, at the centre of the Internet's technological culture, is connected with decisive aspects of today's social structure of knowledge and play. It is timely to understand which part of “playing” is in fact an expressive practice with political significance.

Author Biographies

Patrícia Dias da Silva, ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal ESCS-IPL, School of Communication and Media Studies, Lisbon, Portugal

Junior researcher and PhD candidate, ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Lecturer, ESCS-IPL, School of Communication and Media Studies, Lisbon, Portugal

José Luís Garcia, Research fellow, ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Research fellow with tenure, ICS-UL, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Published
2012-10-18
How to Cite
Silva, P. D. da, & Garcia, J. L. (2012). YouTubers as satirists: Humour and remix in online video. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 4(1), 89-114. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v4i1.95
Section
Special Issue: Research Papers