Parasocial relationships

Parasocial relationships



After studying the assigned reading The Handbook of Communication Science, Second Edition: Chapter 20: Media Entertainment, considering the topic of parasocial relationships, answer the following questions or prompts.

A) Identify a character in a show with whom you have developed (in the past or present) a parasocial relationship. Remember, this person can be “real” or a character role. Explain why this character/person is compelling to you.

B) How do you “know” or view this character outside of their role on the show? Have they influenced you in any way besides the aspect of entertainment?

C) Explain any emotional attachment to the character or person. Have they disappointed you? Motivated you? How and why?

This paper is in essay format, not a Q&A.  Your essay should include an appropriate title, introduction and conclusion.  Your essay should be 200-300 words, 12 pt. font, 1 ½ line spacing.  Make sure to include your name, date, and course in the upper right hand corner of the page.  Properly cite your sources in APA style and provide a “works cited” at the end of your essay.

Submit your response in the file submission area for this assignment by Sunday, April 5, 2015 no later than 11:59 p.m. ET.

I have attached an unedited sample paper for your to get an idea of what this assignment entails.

This assignment is worth 25 points.  Please make sure to read the grading rubric attached to this and each subsequent assignment. 

If needed, please utilize the Effective Writing Center.