Your task in this paper is first to explain to current and potential viewers of your chosen television show a "hidden" meaning or function of the show that people would not immediately notice. To do this, I will ask you to focus on one or more of the following interpretative perspectives which highlight the social function of a given television show:
- Cultural Reproduction: This perspective looks at the show to see what sorts of cultural messages or myths are being reproduced in the show that the viewer might not immediately notice. The focus of such analyses is to prove, with textual evidence from the show, what particular cultural myth you think is being reproduced.
- Cultural Resistance: This perspective looks at the show to see what kinds of cultural norms are being changed or altered by the show. The focus of such analyses is to prove, with textual evidence from the show, what particular cultural norms are being questioned and what new alternatives might be offered.
- Cultural Function: This perspective tries to explain why people, at this time given what else is going on in society, might find such a show appealing. The focus of such analyses is to prove, with textual evidence, that the show is appealing to or fulfilling some sort of "need" within the audience.
While the main focus of your paper is to "prove" that your analysis of the show is sound, the paper should also offer the reader a reason for reading such an analysis. Thus, the second task in the paper is to explain to the reader why they should read your analysis. Such analyses usually ask their audience to consider what effect--positive or negative--such messages might be have on their own thinking, but the purpose of your analysis will ultimately determine how you discuss the show's potential effect on its viewers.