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Advances in Research on the Model of Intuitive Morality and Exemplars (MIME)  

Allison Eden, Ron Tamborini, Melinda Aley, and Henry Goble

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter describes the model of intuitive morality and exemplars (MIME), which examines connections between moral judgment and exposure to narrative media. The MIME explicates distinct, ... More

Binge-Watching as Case of Escapist Entertainment Use  

Annabell Halfmann and Leonard Reinecke

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Although the concept of escapism is widely used in entertainment research, it lacks theoretical and empirical differentiation. Based on the transactional model of stress and coping, we ... More

Biographic Resonance Theory of Eudaimonic Media Entertainment  

Christoph Klimmt and Diana Rieger

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
If media audiences experience a message as meaningful, they display eudaimonic responses such as mixed affect and self-transcendence. The current contribution elaborates on the causes and ... More

A Brief Analysis of The State of Entertainment Theory: Historical Achievements, Contemporary Challenges, and Future Possibilities  

Peter Vorderer, Christoph Klimmt, and Jennings Bryant

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter offers some historical and conceptual orientation to readers of the Oxford Handbook of Entertainment Theory. Departing from a brief review of ancient roots and ... More

Cinematic Entertainment: Contemporary Adolescents’ Uses-And-Gratifications of Going to the Movies  

Maite Soto-Sanfiel

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Despite claims that “cinema is dead” or that it only interests nostalgic old-timers, statistics indicate a global increase in theater attendance. Not only is moviegoing still one of the ... More

Cooling Down or Charging Up?: Engagement with Aggressive Entertainment Contents as an Emotion Regulation Strategy of Boredom and Anger  

Heidi Vandebosch and Karolien Poels

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter argues that the selection of, and engagement with, aggressive entertainment contents can be an emotion regulation strategy, or a way of influencing the nature, expression and ... More

Dreaming with Open Eyes: Latin American Media in the Digital Age  

Cristina Venegas

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2012
This article studies Latin American film during the digital age and determines how much of its recent success in the global market is due to the arrival of new technology. It reveals that ... More

Entertained by Amazement and Wonder: The Role of the Emotion Awe in Media Reception  

Daniel Possler and Arthur A. Raney

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Anecdotal evidence suggests that fascination, amazement, and wonder are regular audience responses to entertainment fare and substantially fuel users’ entertainment experiences. However, so ... More

Entertainment and Resonance  

Peter Vorderer

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter aims to differentiate between two kinds of media use experiences that in the past twenty some years have uniformly been labeled entertainment experiences. In the background of ... More

Entertainment in Virtual Reality and Beyond: The Influence of Embodiment, Co-Location, and Cognitive Distancing on Users’ Entertainment Experience  

Tilo Hartmann and Jesse Fox

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Recently, virtual reality (VR) has emerged, but a conceptual framework explicating potential foundational pillars of VR entertainment is still missing. The present chapter aims to fill this ... More

Entertainment Is a Journey, Not Just a Destination: Process Perspectives in Entertainment Theories  

Andreas Fahr and Hannah Früh

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter takes a process view of the entertainment experience by discussing how one can define an experience as a process and how media experience processes contribute to entertainment. ... More

Entertainment Media and Social Consciousness  

Meghan S. Sanders, Chun Yang, Anthony Ciaramella, Rachel Italiano, Stephanie L. Whitenack, and Hope M. Hickerson

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Over the past decade and a half, scholarship in media psychology has significantly expanded to investigate the role entertainment media and experiences play in encouraging audiences to ... More

Entertainment Theories and Media Addiction  

Felix Reer, Robin Janzik, Lars-Ole Wehden, and Thorsten Quandt

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Discussions about unhealthy, addictive forms of media entertainment use have a long-lasting tradition. While early debates focused on traditional media, namely, excessive television viewing ... More

An Extended Dual-Process Model of Entertainment Effects on Political Information Processing and Engagement  

Frank M. Schneider, Anne Bartsch, and Larissa Leonhard

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter reviews the controversial relationship of entertainment and political communication and presents a theoretical framework to integrate seemingly contradicting concepts and ... More

Finding Elusive Resonances Across Cultures and Time  

Gerald C. Cupchik, Despina Stamatopoulou, and Siying Duan

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
This chapter is about meaningful connection in media entertainment in relation to the concept of resonance during an era of social and technological acceleration. A hierarchical model is ... More

How Do People Evaluate Movies?: Insights from the Associative–Propositional Evaluation Model  

Frank M. Schneider, Ines C. Vogel, Uli Gleich, and Anne Bartsch

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Most people have one or more favorite pieces of media entertainment (e.g., movies, TV shows, novels, video games), and some personal candidates for the worst of them ever. But how exactly ... More

How Universal Is Media Entertainment, Really? On the Enriching Potential of Cross-Cultural Approaches for Existing Entertainment Scholarship  

Özen Odağ

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
The current chapter focuses on the (cross-)cultural appeal of existing entertainment theories, showcasing the meager evidence that exists with respect to their universality. The central ... More

Humor and Comedy  

Jeffrey Goldstein

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
Through most of the twentieth century, psychologists were the preeminent theorists of humor. Since the late twentieth century, linguists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists have also ... More

Interactivity as Demand: Implications for Interactive Media Entertainment  

Nicholas David Bowman

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
The interactive nature of video games has perpetually drawn the focus of game developers and game scholars alike—the former eager to create immersive and involving digital worlds to shock ... More

Involvement with Media Personae and Entertainment Experiences  

William J. Brown

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Apr 2021
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Feb 2021
In the ubiquitous mediated world in which we live, we daily encounter mediated personalities derived from both real people and fictional characters. These personalities, referred to as ... More

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