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Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality | 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 marathonings cultural impact.
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A great study of the ways in which instant digital access promotes the practice of marathoning (a nicer way of saying binge-watching, because it also takes into account people who marathon book series, like us!) The first half traces the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive aspects of marathoning, mirroring my study of immersion. However, the last half falls into the trap of trying to map out common textual features, and was unconvincing.

MayJasper Sounds interesting 4w
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