This collection represents a systematic exploration of media entertainment from an academic perspective. Editors Zillmann and Vorderer have assembled scholars from psychology, sociology, and communication to provide a broad examination of the primary function of media entertainment--the attainment of gratification. Chapters included here address vital aspects of media entertainment and summarize pertinent findings, providing an overview of what is presently known about the appeal and function of the essential forms of media entertainment, and offering some degree of integration. Written in a clear, non-technical style, this volume provides a lively and entertaining study of media entertainment for academic study and coursework.

chapter 1|20 pages

The Coming of Media Entertainment

chapter 3|21 pages

Humor and Comedy

chapter 7|22 pages

Affect-Talk and Its Kin

chapter 9|22 pages

Sports on the Screen

chapter 12|20 pages

The Respondent Gender Gap