Choose ONE of the following full-length Onion articles and respond to it addressing the questions below:
–What do you see as the central purpose of the article? What is the basic premise on which it is based?
–How is humor created through the headline?
–How does the article use quotes? For example, are these quotes by real people or imaginary people? Do they sound plausible? What makes them ridiculous? Find one example in the article of a well-used quote.
–How is humor created through the writing style (such as word choice, sentence structure, use of a lead, etc.) or through the tone of the article? Find at least one example of how style or tone make the article funny.
–Discuss any other major sources of humor you found.
Part II: Write an Onion article of your own. (3 points: Headline) (9 points: Article)
Before writing, take a look at the newest edition of The Onion to get a sense of current topics and of how humor is created through headlines, images, and text: https://www.theonion.com/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
According to an interview with The Onion editorial manager Chet Clem, every Onion article starts with a headline. The headline articulates the joke that the article then develops. In fact, there are generally different writers for the headline and for the article that goes along with it.
Write your own headline and then draft an Onion article on a topic of your choice. This should be a full-length article such as the one you analyzed (these typically range from around 6-12 short paragraphs) rather than a one paragraph “news in brief.” Follow the journalistic style typical for articles of this type. Think back to Unit 1 (the op-ed) for guidelines about persuasive journalistic writing. For example, you can use an introductory hook for readers, simple language, quotes, a pointed conclusion, etc. This is an opportunity to once again use the typical journalistic style but to alter it for parodic effect.
Note: For your final parody project, due next week, you can develop this Onion article, or the print ad, editorial cartoon, or parody video from last week. Alternately, you can also choose to start over and create a parody about something else.