Zaytung as an Alternative Discoursive Area of Political Humour and Public Opposition


ILEF DERGISI, vol.5, no.2, pp.7-28, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.24955/ilef.491672
  • Journal Name: ILEF DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-28


This article explores the laughing-based critical space created by the news parodies in terms of Mikhail Bakhtin's concepts of dialogue and carnival through the examples from news parody site Zaytung. Satirical news parodies, a subtype of political humor, create an alternative critical space based on laughter by parodying politics and traditional journalism. By doing so, they perform a kind of intervention in the sovereign discourse with a two-way operation, as well as a new discourse. Emerging laughter makes the absurdity behind the dominant discourses visible and brings these discourses to a negotiable closeness. In the article, firstly, the concepts of dialogue, carnival/carnivalesque, parody and satire will be clarified, and then how Zaytung reverses the dominant discourses on the dialogical and carnival axes will be analyzed.