Title

Factors in the Appeal of News

Department

Communication

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

This chapter reviews evidence that establishes the abundance of so-called bad news, its widespread appeal, and the variety of motives for that appeal, the most ubiquitous being interest in and enjoyment of drama. D. Zillman has led the way in demonstrating the keys to understanding this--dispositional and empathy-mediated reactions the news consumers have toward the happy and successful as well as the suffering and defeated parties featured in the news.

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