Taegan Goodard of Political Wire links to an interesting finding from a new study titled “The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in the Colbert Report.” The study was authored by three Ohio State School of Communications graduate students, Heather Lamarre, Kristen Landreville, and Michael Beam. Here is Goodard’s take:
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An Ohio State University study finds that conservatives were more likely to report that Stephen Colbert “only pretends to be joking” on his Comedy Central television show “and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.”
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To read an abstract of the study, which has been published in the International Journal of Press/Politics, click here. For related posts, see Phil Zimbardo on the Colbert Report and The Situation of Deciesion Making.