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22 Exploring Relations Between Political Entertainment Media And Traditional Political Communication Information Outlets

A Research Agenda

5. Media Effects/Media Psychology

2. Evidence of Effects

5. In the Political Arena

  1. R. Lance Holbert,
  2. Dannagal Goldthwaite Young

Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems127

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

How to Cite

Holbert, R. L. and Young, D. G. 2012. Exploring Relations Between Political Entertainment Media And Traditional Political Communication Information Outlets. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. 5:2:22.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

Abstract

A wide range of entertainment media content has been shown to influence some of our most important democratic outcomes. In addition, political communication scholarship is beginning to look at how certain entertainment-based media outlets function alongside more traditional political outlets (e.g., TV news, debates). In today's complex media environment, it is apparent that audience members do not experience entertainment media or news in complete isolation. There is hybridity across individuals, across genres, and across texts. Studying how various forms of political information work together, and how people make sense of them in tandem, is essential to understanding the broader role of media in politics. This chapter offers a plan of action designed to allow political communication researchers to engage in a theoretically grounded, systematic study of how entertainment media relates to, informs, and interacts with more traditional public affairs media within the context of politics.

Keywords:

  • entertainment;
  • politics;
  • narrative;
  • humor;
  • transportation;
  • satire;
  • cognition;
  • affect