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Tuesday, March 31 • 2:05pm - Saturday, March 15 • 2:20pm
Hunter Kent Hamrick: From Laughter to Learning: The Effects of Political Satire on Learning

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Ever since the introduction of cable news and the 24-hour news channel, the way in which people obtain news has significantly changed. Before this innovation, people got their TV news from a limited number of sources and could only obtain it during a certain time of the day. Now people can turn to news channels during anytime of the day and watch whatever news channel they want. With these changes, a new form of media called political satire has arisen. This type of media seeks to poke fun at the everyday political happenings and at the “hard news” media sources that cover them. Since the emergence of this media form, more and more of the youth are using this type of media as their primary source of news collection. While the current literature shows that political satire influences people to become more engaged in politics, one question that is not answered in the previous literature is the accuracy of this information acquired. My thesis seeks to answer the following question: “Is political information presented in the form of political satire more easily retained than information presented in the form of traditional news?” I believe that people who get their political information from political satire shows will better retain this information than those who acquire political information from traditional news sources.

Tuesday March 31, 2015 2:05pm - Saturday March 15, 2031 2:20pm EDT
Civic Center - Meeting Room B - Ground Floor 505 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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