Connected Co-viewing on Facebook: A Brazilian Telenovela and the Perception of Media Realism

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Abstract

Co-viewing refers to the practice of sitting together in front of a TV set, watching and making meaning from television content. New media amplifies the possibilities for co-viewing, by allowing people to do it virtually. This study explores the reflexive perception of media realism that emerged when Facebook users engaged in connected co-viewing in two unofficial Facebook groups dedicated to the Brazilian prime-time telenovela Babilônia. The series’ controversial plot led to political discussions and prompted debate where viewers frequently used their perceptions of realism to counter the notion of media effects.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)646-659
Number of pages14
JournalTelevision and New Media
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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