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Department
Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations
Course
COM CM 380
Professor
Mina Tsay- Vogel
Semester
Spring

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CLASS 6 NOTES Crime TV Reading Moral Judgment and Crime Drama: An Integrated Theory of Enjoyment   Question How do crime dramas serve as statements about justice and how do they affect judgement   Connection – violence on tv Experiment = attempt to prove cognitive response connection ∙      Moral reasoning about media violence more clearly defined   Moral Judgement ∙      Role moral judgments play in entertainment experience ∙      Current study o   Socially and legally sanctioned restoring of order following infringement of social  norms and rules o   Violent presentations make statement about what is fair and appropriate retribution o   Convey a sense of justice to audience §  Variability b/w individuals with regard to morality §  Judgments will vary §  Enjoyment will vary   Defining the Justice Sequence Injustice = depriving someone of legal right Justice = righting an injustice, aka punishment for crime   Criminal tvs impact on enjoyment ∙      What viewer thinks is deserved for justice ∙      What actually happens for justice   How is justice presented in the drama? Justice sequence ∙      Mediated presentation of justice ∙      Series of events that portray committing of crime and consequences ∙      Instigational action à retributional action   Evaluating Justice Sequence Dependent on interaction of inputs ∙      Audience ∙      Message o   Involve variety of factors that impact evaluation of sequence o   Affective (empathy) or cognitive (attitudes about punishment)   Message variables central ∙      Character ∙      Crime variables o   Sequent depended – vary from sequence to sequence   Existing theories Entertainment theory – affective reaction Disposition theory – emotional responses to characters ∙      Reasonably predicts enjoyment in relation to ‘judgment of characters’ o   interaction of affective and character (message) inputs ∙      relies on similarity for character judgment o   availability heuristic o   representativeness heuristic – stereotypes   What impacts ones notion of social justice? Scale items regarding vigilantism Religious faith tradition Past experiences with criminal justice system Socialization regarding propriety ∙      What is their influence on judgment of justice? ∙      Future studies should isolate these factors and investigate role in enjoyment   Te
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