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Sad media and tragedy: responses to


Hofer, Matthias (2017). Sad media and tragedy: responses to. In: Rössler, Patrick; Hoffner, Cynthia; van Zoonen, Liesbet. The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. Hoboken, USA: Wiley, 1-12.

Abstract

Tragedies and sad media cause viewers to feel sad and mournful. However, these media offerings are also a means of entertainment. While earlier research has mostly examined the negative emotional effects of tragedies and other sad media, more recent research seeks to explain the seemingly paradoxical fact that individuals deliberately select sad media, despite knowing that such media will make them sad. Moreover, viewers seem to enjoy watching sad films, reading sad stories, or listening to sad music. In an attempt to solve this paradox, most recent scholarship in this area has theorized about alternative conceptualizations of entertainment experiences that go beyond mere pleasure, regarding enjoyment not in terms of pleasure or fun, but in terms of eudaimonic gratifications. These gratifications comprise the experience of mixed emotional responses, a sense of meaning, and the experience of moral beauty. Such gratifications can also entail behavioral intentions of being a better person.

Abstract

Tragedies and sad media cause viewers to feel sad and mournful. However, these media offerings are also a means of entertainment. While earlier research has mostly examined the negative emotional effects of tragedies and other sad media, more recent research seeks to explain the seemingly paradoxical fact that individuals deliberately select sad media, despite knowing that such media will make them sad. Moreover, viewers seem to enjoy watching sad films, reading sad stories, or listening to sad music. In an attempt to solve this paradox, most recent scholarship in this area has theorized about alternative conceptualizations of entertainment experiences that go beyond mere pleasure, regarding enjoyment not in terms of pleasure or fun, but in terms of eudaimonic gratifications. These gratifications comprise the experience of mixed emotional responses, a sense of meaning, and the experience of moral beauty. Such gratifications can also entail behavioral intentions of being a better person.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:16 Jan 2018 11:07
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:25
Publisher:Wiley
ISBN:978-1-118-78404-4
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118783764.wbieme0166
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010852288 (Library Catalogue)

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