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Human Faults And Weaknesses Are Satirised Through The Tv Shows 'cnnnn', 'life Support' And The Movie 'wag The Dog'

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Satire aims to expose human faults and weaknesses through a variety of different techniques. Some of the general human faults that satire aims to reveal are, the fact that people watch anything on TV, no matter how ridiculous, pointless or useless it is. Another fault exposed is how people are extremely gullible and ignorant, that they will believe everything they see. Satire also reveals how the media doesn't care about the truth, how their priorities are to entertain viewers and achieve high ratings. These faults and weakness are shown through the three texts, the TV shows 'CNNNN', 'Life Support' and the very subtle movie 'Wag the Dog'. By employing a number of different techniques such as absurdity, exaggeration, burlesque and black humour to examine the human faults and weaknesses which satire aims to expose.A downfall in many human beings is their inability to resist the strong urge to sit down in front of the television and watch hours on end of ridiculous and pointless program after program. The TV show 'CNNNN' presents this point by parodying the American TV news program, 'CNN', by showing news stories which are extremely absurd and pointless, proving that most of the things the viewers watch on TV is totally irrelevant to them. Stories such as the Pickle Piper, about an aggressive man in an absurd costume of a giant slice of pickle with arms and legs and how he was the forth member of the Ronald McDonald gang and how he was cut of from the team. He then returns to a McDonald's restaurant and demands recognition, in so, making a scene and then is forced to leave. This showing that most news stories in televised news programs are ridiculous and irrelevant to everyday people. Also in a particular episode of 'CNNNN' other parodies of televised programs are advertised such as 'Lifestyle Garden', which is a TV show about two elderly men who are competing against each other "Who can mulch the fastest", this parodying lifestyle programs that are focused on gardening. This revealing how useless the gardening tips which these kinds of programs gives to viewers. Also 'Chaser Affair' is advertised a clear parody of 'A Current Affair', also exposing how news programs are irrelevant. Another advertised TV program in 'CNNNN' is 'Firth and Friends' a program about Firth, an exaggerated character in 'CNNNN', interrogating someone very aggressively, twisting his words and continuously giving him verbal attacks, this exaggerating how aggressive interviewers are when on camera. These advertised TV programs are an input to show the viewers that the majority of TV programs which people watch everyday are pointless. By using parodying other TV programs and viewing them with absurd situations and exaggerating the events, 'CNNNN' sends a clear message that people watch useless and ridiculous TV programs everyday.Similarly the TV program 'Life Support' also illustrates the fact that people watch anything on TV, no matter how pointless and absurd it is. 'Life...

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