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The science of satire: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as sources of public attention to science and the environment

Feldman, L., Leiserowitz, A., and Maibach, E. (2011) The science of satire: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as sources of public attention to science and the environment, in Amarasingam, A. (Ed.), The Stewart / Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have attracted much interest in recent years from popular audiences as well as scholars in various disciplines. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been named on Time magazine's list of the most influential people in the world. The ten essays in this interdisciplinary collection explore the issues engendered by the popularity of entertainment news, including the role of satire in politics, the declining level of trust in traditional sources of media, the shows' cathartic or informational function, and the ways in which these shows influence public opinion.