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date: 21 July 2024

suspension of disbelief 

Source:
A Dictionary of Media & Communication
Author(s):

Daniel Chandler,

Rod Munday

The concept that to become emotionally involved in a narrative, audiences must react as if the characters are real and the events are happening now, even though they know it is ‘only a story’. ‘The willing suspension of disbelief for the moment’ was how the British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge phrased it in ... ...

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