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My name is Nicolas Magand and I live in Paris, France. I work as a social media and engagement editor at the Global Editors Network, a non-profit aimed at promoting innovation and sustainability in the news industry. Here I blog mostly about tech and media, but many other topics can face my enthusiasm.

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The effective use of satire for convincing an audience

Elisabeth Preston, writing on Undark:

Over a decade’s worth of research shows that while satire does carry some risks, it can be an effective tool for communication. Satire can capture people’s attention and make complex topics accessible to a wider audience. In some circumstances, it can even sway beliefs. If scientists want to communicate with the public about a serious subject, they might try a joke.

It is not only good news though:

But humor could also manipulate audiences in the opposite direction. “Comedy could just as easily be used to engage people with perspectives that misrepresent or undermine science,” [Lauren Feldman, a communication researcher] says.

Another risk: people might not get the joke.

You already know what I will say but yes, I think The Onion is doing an terrific job when it comes to satire: humourous pieces with a real message; my favourite category being American Voices, where they publish fake one-line opinions from the public regarding a very real issue.

Onion Social

It is no secret that The Onion is hands down my favorite website. I was wondering why last week they have been particularly hard on Facebook, and now we know why: Onion Social.

On the FAQ of this "new social platform":

Q: What does Onion Social do with my data? A: At Onion Social, we believe that consumer trust is crucial to our mission, and maintaining full transparency is an incredibly important part of that.

Q: Can I link my credit cards to Onion Social? A: Yes! While e-commerce options are not currently available, Onion Social works best when given full access to your financial records.

There is a lot of hilarious bits to read around this "launch", but the sign-up form is just glorious.

I wish there was a way to give The Onion some of my money: If there is one website I don't want to see disappear, it's The Onion.


1. Update: Apparently the reason behind the recent surge of article ridiculing Facebook is "because Facebook is choking off traffic to The Onion’s website", according to the Onion’s editor-in-chief Chad Nackers. ↩︎ 

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