Enjoyment: At the Heart of Media Entertainment

Authors

  • Peter Vorderer,

    1. Peter Vorderer (PhD, Technical University of Berlin) is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.
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  • Christoph Klimmt,

    1. Christoph Klimmt (PhD, Hannover University of Music and Drama) is a research assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication Research, Hannover University of Music and Drama.
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  • Ute Ritterfeld

    1. Ute Ritterfeld (PhD, Technical University of Berlin) is a research associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
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Abstract

This article suggests an integrated view of media entertainment that is capable of covering more of the dimensional complexity and dynamics of entertainment experiences than existing theories do. Based on a description of what is meant by complexity and dynamics, the authors outline a conceptual model that is centered around enjoyment as the core of entertainment, and that addresses prerequisites of enjoyment which have to be met by the individual media user and by the given media product. The theoretical foundation is used to explain why people display strong preferences for being entertained (motivational perspective) and what kind of consequences entertaining media consumption may have (effects perspective, e.g., facilitation of learning processes).

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