Blog Assignment #2. Manipulative media techniques

Laugh Track

According to its makers, the "world famous" Laugh Track software is used "to create audience reactions for comedy albums and sitcoms, and to sweeten existing audience tracks."

In the most recent Klosterman reading, the author argues that laugh tracks are used to convince audiences that they should laugh at things that aren’t really funny. Whether or not they are effective, the use of laugh tracks is widespread.

However, the laugh track is not the only manipulative technique that is sometimes embedded in mediated communication. Whether they are attempting to persuade or to entertain, communicators often use subtle strategies in the hopes of shaping and influencing audience reactions.

In a short (4-5 paragraph) blog posting, discuss another manipulative technique that can be found in mediated communication. What are some examples of this technique? Is it always effective? Is there anything that audience members can do to immunize themselves against this technique?

Be sure to thoroughly proofread your posting for writing mechanics. Your posting should also include some sort of image (e.g. a screenshot or still that displays the manipulative technique) and at least one annotated hyperlink.

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