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The Onion is an American digital media company and news satire organization. The publication's origins are rooted in its distribution as a weekly college print publication beginning in 1988, but in the spring of 1996 The Onion put its content online in the form of a website featuring satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news. Starting in 2007, the organization began publishing satirical news audio and video online, as the Onion News Network. In 2013, the publication ceased publishing the print edition and launched Onion Labs, an advertising agency.<ref name="onionlabs">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="slate_20130905">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The Onion‍ '​s articles satirically comment on current events, both real and fictional. It satirizes the tone and format of traditional news organizations with stories, editorials, op-ed pieces, and man-in-the-street interviews using a traditional news website layout and an editorial voice modeled after that of the Associated Press. The publication's humor often depends on presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy, surreal or alarming. Comedian Bob Odenkirk has praised the publication stating, "It's the best comedy writing in the country, and it has been since it started."<ref name="wired_199903">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="newyorker_19990510">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="citypages_19970317">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="ew_19990108">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="washingtonpost_19981025">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="latimes_1990521">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

The Onion also runs an entertainment and pop culture publication called The A.V. Club. Initially created in 1993 as a supplement to the parent publication, The A.V. Club features interviews and reviews of various newly released media alongside other weekly features.


The Onion sections
Intro  History  Regular features   Editors and writers    Books, video, film and audio    The Onion‍‍ '​‍s influence on the real world   See also  References   External links   

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