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Rants

  1. 1. MEDIA STUDY The Rant
  2. 2. WHAT IS A RANT? • A rant is a short speech that is emotionally charged. It may be an attack or opinion on a person, institution or idea. A satirical rant is a piece of writing that uses irony and sarcasm.
  3. 3. WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DOES IT PROVIDE? • It is opinionated. It may or may not be factual information. Facts may be used to support points, or exaggeration may be used to stress points. Sometimes short, choppy sentences can create impact.
  4. 4. WHO SAYS IT? • Someone who has a strong opinion to give – a commercial spokesperson, a politician, a satirist, an entertainer. Rick Mercer and Stephen Colbert are examples of entertainers who use satirical rants. Some television shows rely heavily on satire, such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.
  5. 5. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A RANT? • To get a strong message across, in short news segments or opinion pieces, or for entertainment.
  6. 6. WHAT IS IRONY? • A statement that means the opposite of the literal meaning. For example, after seeing a tear-jerker movie: “Well, that was certainly uplifting!” • Other examples: a firefighter afraid of fires; a dentist with cavities and crooked teeth; rain on your wedding day when you chose a location with 1% precipitation year round, etc.
  7. 7. WHAT IS SARCASM? • Sarcasm is irony that is worded and meant to be mocking, insulting or hurtful. • Example: “Nice dress, did you borrow it from your grandmother?” • When something bad happens, a sarcastic remark would be, “That’s just what I needed! Thanks!”
  8. 8. WHAT IS SATIRE? • Satire arouses laughter or scorn as a means of ridicule with the intention of correcting human faults. Common targets of satire include individuals, social groups, institutions, politics and human nature. Although satire is meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism. Satire makes strong use of irony and sarcasm.

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