Towards the Parody Machine. Qualitative Analysis and Cognitive Processes in the Parody of a Politician

  • Isabella Poggi
  • Francesca D’Errico
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8158)


The paper presents a model of parody, viewed as a distorted imitation of a text, discourse, behavior or trait of a person performed in order to elicit laughter. Focusing on the parody of politicians as a way to discredit them for persuasive purposes, a qualitative analysis is presented of the parody of a Mayor of Rome by an Italian comedian. The role of allusion in parody, and its consequent dependency on culturally shared knowledge are highlighted, and the function of ridicule as a form of moralistic aggression is stressed. Finally a first flash of a procedure for the construction of a parody machine is provided, based on the cognitive process of parody in humans.


Civil Protection Multimodal User Embody Conversational Agent Social Signal Processing Roman Centurion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabella Poggi
    • 1
  • Francesca D’Errico
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Filosofia, Comunicazione e SpettacoloUniversità Roma TreItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of PsychologyUninettuno International Telematic University (Utiu)RomeItaly

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