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Old Media, New Media: Old Irony, New Irony?

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Recent years have seen an increase in television programs that serve up web videos with ironic commentary from hosts—commentary virtually indistinguishable from the comments the videos generate on their own on YouTube. Comedy Central’s top-rated series Tosh.0 is one such web-TV hybrid. As host Daniel Tosh noted, “The only thing the Internet didn't ruin was my career. I jumped on that train and rode it all the way to verified status on Twitter.” And as one college-age viewer describes the lure of the show, “You might have already watched those [YouTube] videos and [Daniel Tosh is] kind of like being like your friend, like on the couch, like watching it with you.” In this paper, I explore intermedia and ironic commentary in the age of digital convergence and hipster racism and sexism, drawing from in-depth small group interviews with undergraduate students at a large Northeastern public university.

Viveca Greene is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Hampshire College, where she teaches courses on media, irony, and cultural politics. She is co-editor (with Ted Gournelos) of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America (2011). The principal investigator of an audience study of Tosh.0, Professor Greene’s related article on rape jokes is slated to appear in a special issue of Social Semiotics in May 2015.
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Greene, Viveca. "Old Media, New Media: Old Irony, New Irony?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, <Not Available>. 2018-02-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p984022_index.html>

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Greene, V. "Old Media, New Media: Old Irony, New Irony?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico <Not Available>. 2018-02-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p984022_index.html

Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: Recent years have seen an increase in television programs that serve up web videos with ironic commentary from hosts—commentary virtually indistinguishable from the comments the videos generate on their own on YouTube. Comedy Central’s top-rated series Tosh.0 is one such web-TV hybrid. As host Daniel Tosh noted, “The only thing the Internet didn't ruin was my career. I jumped on that train and rode it all the way to verified status on Twitter.” And as one college-age viewer describes the lure of the show, “You might have already watched those [YouTube] videos and [Daniel Tosh is] kind of like being like your friend, like on the couch, like watching it with you.” In this paper, I explore intermedia and ironic commentary in the age of digital convergence and hipster racism and sexism, drawing from in-depth small group interviews with undergraduate students at a large Northeastern public university.

Viveca Greene is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Hampshire College, where she teaches courses on media, irony, and cultural politics. She is co-editor (with Ted Gournelos) of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America (2011). The principal investigator of an audience study of Tosh.0, Professor Greene’s related article on rape jokes is slated to appear in a special issue of Social Semiotics in May 2015.


 
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