Does my favorite political TV series make me cynical? Introducing a new case of political cynicism

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Alexandra Manoliu
Department of Political Science
Université de Montréal
Supervised by André Blais
Co-Supervisor: Frédérick Bastien
Grant received in 2015-2016

The grant I received helped me put together the experiment which is at the base of my PhD thesis. The main objective and research question was to see what is the impact of certain political TV series on people’s cynicism. I exposed people to a negative and a positive series (House of Cards versus The West Wing) and the results were very interesting. A negative political Tv series has the potential to increase people’s cynicism, while the positive one doesn’t lower it. The method used was a lab experiment- where 3 groups of participants (1 control, 2 treatment) were exposed  to the first episode of the mentioned series. They had to fill in a pre and post-survey measuring their levels of cynicism, political knowledge, interest, media exposure. Based on the data gathered from the experiment, the 3 articles of my thesis will explore different questions related to the effects of political TV series.

Presentations

  • Manoliu, A. (2016). Does my favorite political TV series make me cynical? Communication présentée au European Consortium for Political Research. Tartu, Estonia
  • Manoliu, A. (2016). Does my favorite political TV series make me cynical? Communication présentée au Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago.
  • Manoliu, A. (2016). Does my favorite political TV series make my cynical? Communication présentée au Canadian Political Science Association. Toronto, Ontario.

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