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Origins of this content
I chose this example of my son's "productive fake documentary on YouTube" for my FakeTube Project. I later blogged, spoke, and published on it (and other videos) as promised.
Parody, "a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule,"[cit] is also a key tactic of postmodernism "because it foregrounds quotation and self-referentiality."[cit]

In semiotics—the study of how signification works—an indexical sign is a "mode in which the signifier is not arbitrary but is directly connected in some way (physically or causally) to the signified&mdashthis link can be observed or inferred: e.g. 'natural signs' (smoke, thunder, footprints, echoes, non-synthetic odors and flavors), medical symptoms (pain, a rash, pulse-rate), measuring instruments (weathercock, thermometer, clock, spirit-level), 'signals' (a knock on a door, a phone ringing), pointers (a pointing 'index' finger, a directional signpost), recordings (a photograph, a film, video or television shot, an audio-recorded voice), personal 'trademarks' (handwriting, catchphrase) and indexical words ('that,' 'this,' 'here,' 'there.')"[cit]
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More videos related to the content of this page
I discuss this video, and the many other fake docs that were suggested to me through crowdsourcing for my FakeTube project, in my talk "Irony is Ubiquitous"
"Ham Sandwich," by Gabe Juhasz (MediaPraxisMe)