Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Conversations about television shows and other popular culture content are happening constantly through various media. These conversations are undervalued and underexplored in terms of their ability to explain just how much popular culture content influences audience members’ beliefs about how the world works. By examining shows about the American government, the study is expected to reveal the societal expectations that lead to change in local and national politics. The primary goal is to understand how public opinion is shaped by popular culture and, in turn, how politics are shaped by public opinion. All being well, this will provide a framework for analysis of international politics as well as local politics in other nations.
Amato, Grace, "Sleeping with the Television On: How Popular Culture Content Implicitly Informs Political Reality" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1448.
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