Self-transcendent Media Experiences: Taking Meaningful Media to a Higher Level

Mary Beth Oliver, Arthur A. Raney, Michael D. Slater, Markus Appel, Tilo Hartmann, Anne Bartsch, Frank M. Schneider, Sophie H. Janicke-Bowles, Nicole Krämer, Marie Louise Mares, Peter Vorderer, Diana Rieger, Katherine R. Dale, Enny Das

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Interest in the meaningful sides of media entertainment has blossomed over the last decade, with numerous scholars examining how certain media content can enhance social good and well-being. Because social scientific work in this area is relatively new and is rapidly evolving, numerous conceptualizations of meaningful media experiences have been introduced. In this paper we argue for the importance of recognizing a unique form of media experience that causes us to look beyond our own concerns, to recognize moral beauty, and to feel unity with humanity and nature-what we label here as "self-transcendent media experiences."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-389
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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