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European Journal of Communication
This article analyses discussions of an episode of Dallas by focus groups of different ethnic origins in Israel and the United States. It identifies four rhetorical mechanisms by which viewers may 'involve' themselves in or 'distance' themselves from the story: referential v. critical framings; real v .play keyings; collective' or universal v. personal referents; and normative v. value-free evaluations. Use of these mechanisms varied across the groups, and when the cultures were arrayed along a multidimensional involvement scale overseas viewers appeared to be more involved in the programme than Americans. Possible roles for involvement in the process of viewer susceptibility to programme messages are then discussed.
The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, European Journal of Communication, Vol. 1(2), 1986, © SAGE Publications, Inc. 1986 at the European Journal of Communication page: http://ejc.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: < a href="http://online.sagepub.com/">http://online.sagepub.com/
Liebes, T., & Katz, E. (1986). Patterns of Involvement in Television Fiction: A Comparative Analysis. European Journal of Communication, 1 (2), 151-171. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323186001002004
Date Posted: 19 April 2011
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