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Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality

Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality

by Lisa Glebatis Perks
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Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality is a scholarly study of the intense relationship between reader and story world, analyzing the way audiences become absorbed in a fictive text and dedicate many hours to exploring its narrative contours. Rather than view these media experiences as mindless indulgences, “media marathoning” connotes a conjoined triumph of commitment and stamina. Compared to more traditional, slower-paced media engagement patterns, media marathoning affords readers greater depth of story world engagement, maximizing the emotional and cognitive rewards of the media experience. Through immersive marathoning experiences, audiences can seriously engage with mediated questions about human nature and society, refining our orientation toward morality through internal dialogue about the story and communication with other readers as we process the meaningful journey. As digital technologies facilitate easier, user-centered access to media texts, narratives increase in complexity, and more readers seek immersive story world experiences, marathoning looks to be the new normal of media engagement. Drawing from qualitative studies of book, film, and television marathoners, along with textual analysis of commonly marathoned stories, Media Marathoning presents a holistic look at marathoning’s cultural impact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739196748
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Glebatis Perks is assistant professor and program director of communication and media at Nazareth College.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Walk through the Wardrobe
Chapter 2: Behavioral Patterns
Chapter 3: Emotional Involvement
Chapter 4: Cognitive Involvement
Chapter 5: Equipment for Living Morally
Chapter 6: Technocrat Villain
Chapter 7: Ordinary Hero
Chapter 8: Puppeteer
Chapter 9: Unlikely Alliance
Chapter 10: Love and Friendships
Chapter 11: The Untenable Position
Chapter 12: Moral Ambiguity
Chapter 13: Postmodern Immersion and Interactivity

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