shockumentary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of shock +‎ documentary.

Noun[edit]

shockumentary (plural shockumentaries)

  1. A form of documentary used to generate a reactionary effect in an audience; especially such a documentary containing scenes of violence, gore, or other disturbing imagery.
    • 2000, Peter Schjeldahl, "A Theft in Norway: March 8, 1994", in Drawing Us In: How We Experience Visual Art (eds. Deborah Chasman & Edna Chiang), Beacon Press (2000), ISBN 0807066060, page 1:
      The ransom was to be propaganda: a broadcast on Norwegian television of the anti-abortion shockumentary, The Silent Scream.