Media, Information and Technoculture 3222A/B Midterm: Midterm Notes

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Radio is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. t. s. Critique: entertainment as attacking literary culture: amusements, not intellectualism, television has these rules, no prerequisites, no perplexing themes, no exposition, entertainment as the prevailing concern for content, affects education, ruins critical thinking. Neil postman: amusing ourselves to death (foreword: there are benefits and disadvantages to both ways of inhabiting the world. 2: affective disposition theory = media and entertainment users make moral judgments about characters in a narrative which in turn affects their enjoyment of the narrative. Unpleasant entertainment: distressing, stressful, suspenseful, vorderer: affective disposition theory limited. Why do we like watching horror movies: paying good money to be made uncomfortable, the thrill, encounter with death on screen, curiosity, speaks to our anxieties, confront fear. If entertainment is play" for adults, it explains enjoyment of unpleasant" entertainment to some degree.

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