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CM 380 Entertainment and PSI
Transcript of CM 380 Entertainment and PSI
Impulse Decisions (subconsciously)
Mood Management (consciously)
Para-Social Interaction/Para-Social Relationships
According to entertainment theories, we selective programming because of:
Uses and Gratifications and
media effects approaches
Enjoyment of Drama:
level of conflict
disposition toward characters
Enjoyment of Humor:
resolution of incongruity
feeling of superiority
relief from "politically correct" (Freud)
physiological enjoyment of laughter
Enjoyment of Sports:
disposition toward teams and players
level of suspense (varies by gender)
Enjoyment of suspense:
paradox of enjoying tension
Enjoyment of Horror:
mastery (especially by boys)
comfort (their dates)
Horton and Wohl (1956)
For some it is an alternative to
"real" social interaction
Influenced by attractiveness of figures (social and physical)
Influenced by perceived realism of the persona
Identification vs. Affinity
Breaking the "fourth wall"
24 hour coverage
addition of personalized communication (e.g., Twitter)
I want to be like them
vs. I feel for them
See into their personal lives
e.g., Celebrity Reality Shows