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infotainment


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A portmanteau term (information + entertainment). The presentation of factual information in an entertaining manner, normally in broadcast media and especially on television (docudrama can be seen as an example). Sometimes regarded as a hybrid genre. Often used pejoratively in the rhetoric of dumbing down, especially where coverage of political issues takes the form of more popular formats (see also fiction values; sensationalism; story model; tabloidization). Compare edutainment.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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