Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Colbert’
Colbert attacks facts
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:45 Written by stelpavlou Wednesday, 19 August 2009 08:45
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The Word – Must-Be TV|
Conservatives have trouble getting the joke
Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2009 04:37 Written by stelpavlou Monday, 27 April 2009 03:54
Somebody actually studied this.
It seems some people think Stephen Colbert is being serious. God help us all.
This study investigated biased message processing of political satire in The Colbert Report and the influence of political ideology on perceptions of Stephen Colbert. Results indicate that political ideology influences biased processing of ambiguous political messages and source in late-night comedy. Using data from an experiment (N = 332), we found that individual-level political ideology significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert’s political ideology. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking 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. Conservatism also significantly predicted perceptions that Colbert disliked liberalism. Finally, a post hoc analysis revealed that perceptions of Colbert’s political opinions fully mediated the relationship between political ideology and individual-level opinion.