Not Necessarily the News: Does Fictional Television Influence Real-World Policy Preferences?

  title={Not Necessarily the News: Does Fictional Television Influence Real-World Policy Preferences?},
  author={Diana C Mutz and Lilach Nir},
  journal={Mass Communication and Society},
  pages={196 - 217}
  • Diana C Mutz, Lilach Nir
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Mass Communication and Society
  • Communication and Political ScienceThe Hebrew UniversityIn 1992, when vice president of the United States Dan Quayle lashed outagainst fictional television personality Murphy Brown for glamorizing singlemotherhood and mocking the importance of fathers, many observers foundthe public dialogue surrounding this incident absurd. After all, Quayle wascriticizing the actions of a fictional character in a weekly sitcom, not a realperson (see, e.g., ‘‘Dan Quayle,’’ 1992). Likewise, in 2005 when a… CONTINUE READING
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