Monday, November 24, 2008

Fake News

The United States of America have recently completed one of the largest and most critical elections in history. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain campaigned for what seemed like ages in a battle that began to look exceedingly ugly at the beginning of September. This was at the time when John McCain officially nominated Sarah Palin for Vice President of the Republican Party. Sarah Palin, a woman of obvious physical beauty, became one of the largest targets for the Republican Party. Whether bashing her photo-shopped face on a bikini model’s body, taking stabs at her large, atypical family or most notably: her inability to say the right thing at the right time, Sarah Palin’s reputation throughout the past few months has been quite the rollercoaster.

The most critically acclaimed stabs at Sarah Palin were Saturday Night Live’s parodies featuring Tina Fey. Immediately, Tina Fey’s dead-on impression captured the attention of viewers across the globe, consequently insuring she’d have a spot on the “News Update” section every Saturday. Those who had always kept out of the loop when it came to politics were now enticed by the show’s weekly skit, in most cases causing viewers to stay tuned to the real news and actual campaign. Saturday Night Live is world renowned for its political satire and parodies, but Tina Fey and Sarah Palin’s uncanny resemblance sent rates right through the roof. The implications of SNL’s sketches in turn, popularized the Republic Campaign to a point where viewers were seeing more of Sarah Palin than John McCain, himself. This proves just how persuasive and luring fake news can be and how with just one successful break through, society is changed.

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