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[Nov. 30th, 2004|10:06 am]
Nerd TV - for people who watch too much
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Hi, everybody. I have a bit of a favor to ask of you all!

For the final paper for the Media, Culture, & Society course that I'm taking right now, I'm doing a research project on viewer reception of The Daily Show. This was kind of inspired by Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire, when he railed on the hosts for turning debate into theatre, and when they railed back on him saying that he did the same thing, which he brushed off, asserting that the show is obviously comedy, and therefore not held to the same standards as "actual" news. For the project, I'm hoping to get together some information that I can study and then draw some conclusions about how audiences actually consider the show and explore the intent of the show versus how it's received.

At any rate, this is where you all come in. I think the people in this community are probably a good demographic for the survey I've developed to help with my research, so if you all could be so kind as to fill it out and either email me (rachael at brightandbeautiful dot org) or just reply with a comment with your responses, that would be awesome. Thanks so so much!! I really appreciate it.

Survey: Viewer Response to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show

Please answer every question, but only select one answer per question unless instructed otherwise. You are encouraged, but not required, to provide explanatory information in addition to your selected answer for each question. When selecting “other” as an option, please state and explain your alternative choice.

By providing your name, your implied consent is given for it to be printed in conjunction with your survey answers. (This won't be published, just turned in to my professor and presented to my class.) Do not provide your name if you wish to remain anonymous.

First name:
Age:
Current or highest level of education reached:
(personal information optional)

1. Have you ever viewed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? (If you answer “no,” please only respond to the questions marked with a * from this point on.)
a) yes
b) no

2. * If you have never viewed The Daily Show, how would you rate your familiarity with the program (its general concept, content, format, etc)?
a) very familiar
b) somewhat familiar
c) not very familiar

3. How would you classify yourself politically?
a) liberal
b) conservative
c) moderate
d) undecided
e) other:

4. How would you rate yourself in terms of your knowledge of current international and national events?
a) very knowledgeable
b) somewhat knowledgeable
c) not very knowledgeable
d) not knowledgeable at all
e) other:

5. What is/are your primary news source(s)? Select all that apply, but please note the source most frequently used.
a) newspapers
b) news magazines (print)
c) cable news (national)
d) local news stations
e) internet
f) radio
g) other:

6. If you view or have viewed The Daily Show, how frequently have you done so?
a) consistently (3-4 of the 4 times it airs weekly)
b) very frequently (2-3 of the 4 times it airs weekly c) somewhat frequently (1-2 of the 4 times it airs weekly, or 3-4 of the total number of times it airs monthly)
d) occasionally (less than 3 times monthly)
e) rarely (less than 12 times yearly)
f) once
g) other:

7. If you have viewed or do view The Daily Show, do you enjoy it?
a) yes
b) no
c) somewhat
d) indifferent

8. * What is your understanding of the primary purpose of The Daily Show?
a) to entertain
b) to inform
c) to inform while entertaining
d) to entertain while informing
e) unsure
f) other:

9. Is it easy for you to distinguish the “real news” from the “fake news” presented on the program?
a) always easy to tell the difference
b) sometimes easy to tell the difference, sometimes difficult
c) always difficult to tell the difference
d) always impossible to tell the difference

10. * Which of the following descriptions best fits The Daily Show?
a) a comedic satire of news programming
b) a comedic satire of current events
c) a comedic satire of both news programming and current events
d) a news program that happens to feature comedic satire
e) a news program of which comedic satire is a large part

11. How would you classify The Daily Show in terms of its quality as a news source? Please select all that apply.
a) excellent
b) valid
c) poor
d) invalid
e) other:

12. Compared to “real” news anchors and correspondents, how credible do host Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s other correspondents seem when discussing “real” news events on the program?
a) very credible
b) somewhat credible
c) not credible
d) unsure
e) other:

13. If you have viewed or do view The Daily Show, do you believe that it has informed your knowledge or opinion of international or national current events?
a) yes
b) no
c) unsure
d) indifferent

14. Do you believe that The Daily Show exhibits a political bias?
a) yes, always
b) yes, occasionally
c) no, never
d) unsure

15. If you answered “yes, always” or “yes, occasionally” to the previous question, what end of the political spectrum do you believe the show favors?
a) far left
b) left
c) right
d) far right
e) other:

16. If you answered “yes, always” or “yes, occasionally” to Question #14, do you believe that The Daily Show’s bias effects its quality as a news source?
a) yes, negatively
b) yes, positively
c) somewhat, negatively
d) somewhat, positively
e) no
f) indifferent
g) other:

17. If you selected “invalid,” “poor,” or provided your own classification which indicates that The Daily Show is not a viable news source for Question #11, which of factors do you believe contributes to your classification of the program as such? Please select all that apply.
a) its comedic/satirical aspect
b) its political bias
c) other:

18. If you selected “yes” for Question #7, do you believe your knowledge of current international and national events contributes to your enjoyment of The Daily Show?
a) yes
b) somewhat
c) no
d) other:

19. If you selected “yes” for Question #7, do you believe that your personal political affiliation (as you selected in Question #3) contributes to your enjoyment of The Daily Show?
a) yes
b) somewhat
c) no
d) other:

20. Should The Daily Show be held to the same standards of ethical journalism and be expected to present stories fairly and accurately, just as most “real” news programs and sources are?
a) yes
b) no
c) unsure
d) other:

21. In reference to Question #20, please explain your answer.

22. In reference to Questions #18 & #19, if you selected an answer other than “yes” for either question, please explain your answer.
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