Monday, April 27, 2009

Getting Colbert

"The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report" is a study by three Ohio State faculty of the role of political orientation in understanding the humor of the The Colbert Report.

Their conclusion (as reported by The Huffington Post):

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.

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