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The Drama of Politics: Developing Civic Competence via TV-Dramas

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In this paper we investigate the impact of entertainment television on citizens’ performance of their civic duties. The impact of entertainment shows on political information acquisition is often overseen, in comparison to news broadcasts, which are considered the only source of political information in modern media. In this paper, we borrow from learning theories to examine whether TV-dramas can facilitate political learning. We conduct interviews with regular viewers of six American TV-dramas in Greece and explore how shows affect their political understanding as well as their civic habits. The findings suggest that exposure to TV-dramas leads to indirect acquisition of insights and practical information and affects viewers’ discussion patterns. These findings support the role of TV-dramas as one alternative explanation on how citizens enhance their understanding of the political world, how they formulate their opinions and how they perform their civic tasks.

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Capelos, Tereza. and Vadratsikas, Konstantinos. "The Drama of Politics: Developing Civic Competence via TV-Dramas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon USA, Jul 04, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p204741_index.html>

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Capelos, T. and Vadratsikas, K. , 2007-07-04 "The Drama of Politics: Developing Civic Competence via TV-Dramas" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon USA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p204741_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper we investigate the impact of entertainment television on citizens’ performance of their civic duties. The impact of entertainment shows on political information acquisition is often overseen, in comparison to news broadcasts, which are considered the only source of political information in modern media. In this paper, we borrow from learning theories to examine whether TV-dramas can facilitate political learning. We conduct interviews with regular viewers of six American TV-dramas in Greece and explore how shows affect their political understanding as well as their civic habits. The findings suggest that exposure to TV-dramas leads to indirect acquisition of insights and practical information and affects viewers’ discussion patterns. These findings support the role of TV-dramas as one alternative explanation on how citizens enhance their understanding of the political world, how they formulate their opinions and how they perform their civic tasks.

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THE DRAMA OF POLITICS: DEVELOPING CIVIC COMPETENCE VIA TV-DRAMAS * Tereza Capelos Leiden University tcapelos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl Konstantinos Vadratsikas Leiden University k.vadratsikas@umail.leidenuniv.nl Paper presented to the International Society of Political Psychology 4-7 July 2007 Portland Oregon Abstract In this paper we investigate the impact of entertainment television on citizens’ performance of their civic duties. The impact of entertainment shows on political information acquisition is often overseen in comparison to news broadcasts which are considered the only source of political information in
The Democracy of Everyday Life (and Where It is Learned). In Citizen Competence and Democratic Institutions (eds) .The Pennsylvania State University Press 1999 Sachleben Mark & Kevan M. Yenerall 2004. Seeing the Bigger Picture: Understanding Politics Through Film & Television. New York: Peter Lang. Soltan K. E. Civic Competence Democracy and the Good Society In Citizen Competence and Democratic Institutions (eds) .The Pennsylvania State University Press 1999 Tokosumi Norikazu Yoshimine Akifumi 1999 "Toward A Cognitive Model of Empathy in


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