Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


As social media and content-sharing sites become an increasingly familiar part of daily life, the need to understand the effects of such mediums is also increasing. This essay explores the means by which A Trailer for Every Academy Award-Winning Movie Ever Made dissects its cultural landscape though use of parody and metatext. Following Ott and Bonnstetter’s theory of parodic tourism, the author explains how the complex format of this YouTube video presents the audience with certain tools to construct or reconstruct their own cultural landscape. In addition, it will be demonstrated how these tools are being used increasingly in the YouTube culture, and explain the significance of this video to its parody genre, and subsequently, its viewers. This research contributes to the ongoing investigation in the field of visual parody and its impact on society.