From broadcast syndication to Netflix binge-watching, our experience with television is dynamic and evolving. Yet, what persists is its power to shape our societies’ gender roles, race relations, class divisions, sexual norms, and values. This course introduces the notion of TV as a cultural forum, a social regulator, and a social critique. Using examples from American and Scandinavian television, we analyze how TV operates by working through social issues, and how TV shows mirror societal concerns and assumptions.
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