Second language learners' ability to detect satirical news and the effect of humor competency training

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Abstract

Satirical news is a type of humorous media that mixes parody and satire to critique contemporary figures, events, and situations (Ermida, 2012; McClennen & Maisel, 2014; Peters, 2013). In addition to satirical television news programs like The Daily Show, satirical news websites such as The Daily Mash, The Onion, and The Shovel are extremely popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, respectively. There are also satirical websites for a number of subcultures, including foreign English-speaking residents in Japan (Rising Wasabi), sports fans (Sports Pickle), and evangelical Christians (Babylon Bee). Although satirical news is sometimes criticized as fake, scholars have contended that satirical news stimulates critical thinking about media, politics, and social issues through fun and intelligent coverage of current events (Fife, 2016; Peters, 2013).

Original languageEnglish
JournalTESOL Journal
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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