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The Practical Joke as a News Category in Victorian Newspapers



Year of publication 2013
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The presentation documents the position of the practical joke at the boundary between a narrated personal story and a brief news item, both having the same narrative structure based on chronology (i.e., before the appearance of the inverted pyramid). The practical joke is interpreted as a news category through which a popular, tabloid-style agenda could find its way into a broadsheet, yet allowing for a detached critical evaluation manifesting one's own social and moral superiority. The data for analysis is based on articles from the 19th century British newspaper The Times.
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