It’s the End of the World and They Know It: How Dystopian Fiction Shapes Political Attitudes

  title={It’s the End of the World and They Know It: How Dystopian Fiction Shapes Political Attitudes},
  author={Calvert W. Jones and Celia Paris},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={969 - 989}
Given that the fictional narratives found in novels, movies, and television shows enjoy wide public consumption, memorably convey information, minimize counter-arguing, and often emphasize politically-relevant themes, we argue that greater scholarly attention must be paid to theorizing and measuring how fiction affects political attitudes. We argue for a genre-based approach for studying fiction effects, and apply it to the popular dystopian genre. Results across three experiments are striking… 

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