Laughing at politics : effects of television satire on political engagement in Greece
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Satire is an integral element of the Greek social and political life. Many scholars have argued that satirical shows on TV have the power to influence or even form viewers' perceptions of political issues. This thesis explores the effects of televised satirical shows on Greek politics. Particularly, its purpose is a) to explore the effects of TV satire in Greek politics, and b) identify the possible effects on viewers' political opinions and political engagement. This research employs literature on political engagement, public opinion, Uses & Gratifications and cultivation theory in order to inform its analysis. Moreover, this thesis conducted an online survey, a content analysis, and interviews with the satirical shows' presenters in order to look into questions of whether people get informed about politics via satire and whether satire influences their patterns of political engagement. This paper will show that while satirical shows are sources of political information, they also act as an alternative or even substitute to politics. This research reveals the relationship between televised satire and its viewers, illustrating the main reasons some Greeks resort to satire.
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