Examining the Impact of Canadian Political Satire Shows on Generation Y: A Qualitative Investigation of This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Jessica Attalla, Université D'Ottawa / University Of Ottawa, Université D'Ottawa / University Of Ottawa
2015
In contemporary society, political satire shows are prominent programs that seem to resonate with the viewing public. This thesis seeks to observe the meanings that generation Y attach to the Canadian political satire show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Focusing on the Canadian context, this research examines how members of generation Y view political satire shows, specifically This Hour Has 22 Minutes and if this show caters to their attitudes, concerns and interests more so than traditional news
more » ... n traditional news media. The theoretical framework guiding this study is the uses and gratifications theory. This research implements a qualitative phenomenological research approach in the form of focus groups. This study concludes that this generation still maintains, however, that when looking to be informed, they connect more with traditional news media given that these programs provide them with all the facts and stories in a more reliable manner. This study contributes to the field of communication because it demonstrates the rationale and experiences of generation Y in relation to political news.
doi:10.20381/ruor-4058 fatcat:ezd2k2awdvbt7em2ki2i27rmu4