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When Good Characters Do Bad Things: Examining the Effect of Moral Ambiguity on Enjoyment
Some of the most compelling characters are morally ambiguous, but little research has examined these characters. This study (N = 313) empirically tests the effects of good, bad, and morally ambiguousExpand
How Violent Video Games Communicate Violence: A Literature Review and Content Analysis of Moral Disengagement Factors
Mechanisms of moral disengagement in violent video game play have recently received considerable attention among communication scholars. To date, however, no study has analyzed the prevalence ofExpand
The impact of perceived character similarity and identification on moral disengagement
It is suggested that perceived similarity between the viewer and character mediates the relationship between identification and moral disengagement, which in turn leads to greater affective enjoyment of a narrative. Expand
Some Like It Morally Ambiguous: The Effects of Individual Differences on the Enjoyment of Different Character Types
Responses to morally ambiguous characters vary greatly. The same character may be loved by some individuals and hated by others. The present study (N = 313) empirically tested how two individualExpand
What Makes Characters’ Bad Behaviors Acceptable? The Effects of Character Motivation and Outcome on Perceptions, Character Liking, and Moral Disengagement
Many characters in entertainment content behave in morally questionable ways at least some of the time. However, the negative effects of those behaviors on individuals’ judgments of the character mayExpand
The Dual Role of Morally Ambiguous Characters: Examining the Effect of Morality Salience on Narrative Responses
Using social comparison theory as a framework, 2 experiments examined the effects of a person's self-perception on responses to characters who display varying levels of morality. Study 1 found thatExpand
Inspirational Reality TV: The Prosocial Effects of Lifestyle Transforming Reality Programs on Elevation and Altruism
In light of recent theories of meaningful media that suggest a host of psychological benefits, the present study uniquely extends the boundaries of the effects of reality TV from simply offeringExpand
The role of moral disengagement in the enjoyment of real and fictional characters
Findings indicate that character liking mediates the relationship betweenmoral disengagement and enjoyment and that moral disengagement is unaffected by the realness or fictionality of the narrative. Expand
Exploring Viewers’ Responses to Nine Reality TV Subgenres
Reality TV is a genre that places nonactors in dramatic situations with unpredictable outcomes. The influx of reality TV dominating network and cable programming has been highly reflective in itsExpand
Effects of Hedonic and Eudaimonic Motivations on Film Enjoyment Through Moral Disengagement
In light of literature documenting differences in viewers’ entertainment preferences, this study (N = 168) examined how motivations for film consumption based on pleasure (hedonism) and meaningExpand