The Le Gorafi satirical news website: the legacy of 'l’humour Canal+' ?

Leveneur, Laurence (2017) The Le Gorafi satirical news website: the legacy of 'l’humour Canal+' ? In: The Cultural, Social and Political Impact of Canal+ on French Society, 10 novembre 2017, Newcastle University.

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In this presentation today I will talk about The Gorafi, a site of humorous information created on the model of the Onion in May 2012, during the French presidential campaign.

At first a discussion thread on Twitter, Gorafi progressively became a blog, then a Web site. From 2014 until June 2015, it came in the form of a humorous clip in Le Grand Journal, a French television program broadcast on Canal+. Most of the articles on the Web site, largely leveraged on the socio-digital networks, comment on the current facts, real or imagined, in an offbeat way, mimicking and twisting press and Web codes. Embodied on television by Pablo Mira, Gorafi presents an offbeat chronicle, which parodies the continuous news channels.
As such, Gorafi offers a remarkable example of Canal+ humour, using a wide range of media, but also developing a political satire, as Groland or Les Guignols also broadcast on Canal+. However, I would like to demonstrate it is also a good example to illustrate what one calls “l’esprit Canal” and its specific humour codes. I’ll start with a short analysis of Gorafi’s humour on its website and in its television chronicle. Then I will try to define “Canal+ humour style” and compare it to The Gorafi’s one. I’ll finish with an observation of Canal+ humour’s legacy on French television.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Language: English
Date: 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canal+, Humorous clip, French Television
Keywords (French): Canal+, Télévision, Gorafi
Subjects: A- DROIT > A3- Droit public > 3-7- Droit de l’information, de la communication, droit de la presse
Divisions: Institut du Droit de l'Espace, des Territoires, de la Culture et de la Communication (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 15:44
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2018 10:40

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