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date: 24 May 2019

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Infotainment is a generally pejorative term used to indicate a broad range of normative concerns surrounding the generation, dissemination, and consumption of political information packaged in entertaining formats. This chapter argues that the term infotainment has outlasted its usefulness as a theoretical concept and details a notion of hybrid political-entertainment media as a more useful approach to conceptualize a core mode of political campaigning, persuasion, and influence within a rapidly transforming media environment. The chapter then offers a typology detailing three primary modes of hybrid media—TV chat, political satire, and partisan punditry—and explores extant scholarship on persuasive effects, public awareness influence, and macro-social cultural shifts associated with various popular political-entertainment forms.

Keywords: infotainment, hybridity, political entertainment, TV chat, political satire, partisan punditry, political culture

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