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Deep Thinkers Like to Laugh

Especially when it comes to politics (with the state our Congress is in right now, what else is there to do?) But that shouldn't surprise us: deep thinkers have always had a sense of humor.

Communications expert Dannagal Young says, "There is a segment of the political satire audience that is motivated by a deeper level of processing." She surveyed 398 undergraduate students on their attitudes toward 13 different genres of television, from young adult shows like MTV's Jersey Shore to crime dramas like CSI. With a particular interest in political satire, she found "meaningful differences" in the way people watch programs like The Daily Show and Colbert Report. Most interestingly, she found a subset of viewers who watch the show for context rather than for information or amusement. In other words, they get their NEWS from comedy.

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