Nigerian social media star and satirist Adeola Fayehun, The Chaser's Julian Morrow and Professor Umberto Ansaldo unpack the place, power and potential of political satire.
Our distrust of and dependence on the media to inform society has never been greater. But at this time, an exciting movement has emerged to generate non-traditional news. It blends journalism, satire and activism – and it’s cutting through the churn and competition.
Across the world, young Africans are regularly targets of fear campaigns and misinformation. Does the rise of unconventional news offer opportunity to shift this conversation? How can satire be done well and do good, to not only counter problematic stories and stereotypes but set the agenda?
Our superstar panel – featuring Adeola Fayehun, Julian Morrow and Professor Umberto Ansaldo – will interrogate these ideas and the relationship between media, culture and language.
Adeola typifies this new wave of non-traditional news. She is a hard-hitting journalist who has carved her own path. As the host of satirical news show and YouTube sensation Keeping It Real, Adeola uses satire to flip how the African diaspora and lived experience are reflected in the media – instead of being the subject, Africans are active players in control of the narrative. Through her technological and media savvy, Adeola is also making great moves, both in connecting with audiences and effecting change.
Joining Adeola is the Chaser’s Julian Morrow (co-founder of The Chaser and creator of The Checkout); and Professor Umberto Ansaldo, Head of the School of Literature, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney, who offers a critical lens into the power of words, humour and how they translate across contexts.
This event was held on Monday 5 November 2018 at the University of Sydney.
Image: pictured from left to right – Julian Morrow, Adeola Fayehun and Umberto Ansaldo
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