Parafictions 1: News Media, Television & Docu-Fiction is a research journal created by Los Angeles artists Holly Harrell and Misael Oquendo. Parafictions, which the duo define as the presentation of fiction as fact, is a subject that aptly parallels critical issues which emerged with the contemporary politics of post-truth. The research journal is part of the duo’s ongoing exploration in understanding the role which parafictional media plays in the production of our social realities. This first journal focuses on parafictions in specific historical forms of media such as news media, television and docu-fiction.
The duo produced the research journal through a survey of archival materials from video distribution sites such as the Electronic Arts Intermix (New York City, NY) and the Video Data Bank (Chicago, IL).