Friday, 6 September 2013

Genre and the sub-category of Parodies

(Today’s image is Dwayne Johnson dressing up as Miley Cyrus. This image is form of parody which will be explained)

This week’s topic that I am focusing on is Genre. Van Luyn defined genre as “cultural products that can be grouped into classes based on the similarities they hold and it can be said that genre can both enable and restrict the meaning of the product' (2013). Other terms for genre include category or textual type. There are also sub-genres, which are when things are categorized further in the over arching genre; for example, the genre horror has the sub-genre or category of slasher.

YouTube has multiple major genres such as; Music, Pets & Animals, Gaming, Howto & Style ect; that can be accessed on the homepage of YouTube. However, it also has sub-categories that are found when a word is typed into the YouTube search bar, which allows every video that either has that word in the title, or has the word tagged as apart or feature of the video, is listed.

I am going to speak briefly on the genre (or sub-category to some) of parodies. Parodies are found frequently and on almost every topic of any other genre or sub-category found, on YouTube. Parodies are “any humorous, satirical, or [ridiculous] imitation, of a person, group, event, etc” ( Parodies may be often humours, but they can also be beneficial in some ways. Diyanni said “break the rules in a quest to be engaging, persuasive and interesting” (2005), and in the sense of parodies, this works almost every time.

Wiki’s ‘How to Write a Song Parody’ suggests picking a song that is “disliked, as it will be easier to parody.” Society has very high standards and opinions, and if society dislikes something, it can almost be guaranteed to become a parody of some form (often through song, but there are also sketches); for instance Carly Rae Jepson’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ as a parody has over 915,000 results, and One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ as a parody has over 456,000 results. But songs are not the only targets of parody makers; witty and quirky comments (for example ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’) or even political issues and people aren’t even safe.

If you want to try your hand at writing a song parody, here is the link

Today’s image is Dwayne Johnson dressing up as Miley Cyrus. This image is another form of parody.

References (N/A). Parody. Retrived from

 Diyanni, R. (2005). ‘Introduction: reading and writing essays.’ New York University: Penguin Academics.

Van Luyn, A. (2013). BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narratives and The Making Of Place, Lecture 6: Genre. Retrieved from



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  2. Hi David,

    I enjoyed reading your blog post for this week as it shed light on quite a popular and sometimes controversial genre within today's society.

    Genres are socially based. They are dialogues that form links in the chain of speech communication and are a set of conventional, highly, organised constraints that produce interpretation and meaning. (Van Luyn, 2013).

    I believe the genre of parodies is one of the most socially based genres of them all, as without social interaction and sharing of these parodies they do not reach their desired effect.
    I also agree with the way you have quoted Diyanni's (2005) reference about breaking rules in order to be engaging, etc. I also believe this is very true in regards to the making of parodies.


    Diyanni, R. (2005). ‘Introduction: reading and writing essays.’ New York University: Penguin Academics.

    Van Luyn, A (2013) BA1002: Our Space: Networks, Narratives and the Making Of Place, Lecture 6: Genre [PowerPoint Slide Notes]. Retrieved From: