Radio, another medium used in today’s society either for entertainment or informative news. In today’s radio entertainment, pranks, hoaxes and practical jokes are co-creative cultural performances which often refers to being a ‘social experiment’ according to Smith (2008). He also states how a person can experience being humiliated and making them have high anxiety or depression after prank calls have been made. Whether it’s just for laughs or to boost a radio company’s ratings, it’s certainly sweeping across the radio entertainment today showing controversy.
Australian comedy duo, Hamish and Andy, are one of the few radio hosts who prank calls people live for others enjoyment and entertainment.
hamishandyofficial (6 Sept, 2016). Random Job Reference. YouTube
Although the prank culture can be fun and games, it can definitely sometimes come across as bullying or harassment. Lewis H. (6 April, 2017) believes many people become victim and often feel humiliated, thus leading up to suicide or accidents.
‘Hang up immediately. If you keep getting prank calls, you can make a complaint to the local police. They can then investigate, and, if necessary, prosecute the person who made the call’ (Lawstuff Australia, 6 June 2010).
hamishandyofficial (6 Sept, 2016). Random Job Reference. YouTube, Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoZ41i2dSIw.
Lewis, H. (6 April, 2017). It’s Just a Prank, Bro: inside YouTube’s Most Twisted Genre, Retrieved from www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/internet/2017/04/its-just-prank-bro-inside-youtube-s-most-twisted-genre.
Prank Calls (6 June, 2010). Lawstuff Australia – Know Your Rights – Topics – Prank Calls, Retrieved from http://www.lawstuff.org.au/qld_law/topics/article8.
Smith, J. (2008). Vocal Tracks – Performance and Sounds Media. Retrieved from, Google Books