IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – The Onion video on Brain-Dead teen

Text: “Brain-Dead Teen, Only Capable Of Rolling Eyes And Texting, To Be Euthanized.” The Onion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGXSPf9b-xI

Before analyzing the text make sure to have a look at the following page for a better understanding of how to use the text to help you with your assessments: https://language-literature.com/sample-text-analysis-blog-posts/

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • The way in which this satiric news story uses many of the conventions of a regular news story (e.g. the chyrons)
  • The humorous effect of the adults’ inability to recognize that the daughter is alive
  • Whether the video has any more significant / deeper goals beyond comedy
  • Videos are of course not part of paper 1 but it is still useful to use them to practice your analytical skills

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