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    Describe the impact of television in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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    Adults took immediate liking to the shows. The programmes even changed the current trends. A prime time slot began between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. This was the time that workers returned home and settled down to watch the television with the family. Television had impacted the way people organised their time. People however thought television had a downside too. This was because the people of that generation were discovering less for themselves than previous generations. Television also had an impact on the world around it.

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  • To what extent do ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Neighbours’ represent reality?

    "In conclusion Eastenders appears to be more realistic than Neighbours, but both soaps contain realistic and fictional elements. The scheduling and aims of the producers of Neighbours explain the more humorous approach to the genre while the nature and principals of the BBC and of British soaps as a whole, give some explanation to the more 'gritty' approach. Looking at soaps on the surface, they do not seem to be very realistic at all, but a closer study proves that their success to some extent relies on the audience being able to relate to the characters' lives, which must therefore be realistic to be believable. At the end of the day they are meant to be fictional and they are not trying to be like documentaries, but their balance between the realistic sets and setting and the over exaggerated narratives and characters is what makes the genre so successful."

  • Evaluate the extent to which The Simpsons follow the conventions of a typical sitcom.

    "To conclude we have seen that The Simpsons follow the convections of a typical sitcom to a certain extent. The Simpsons is popular worldwide. Hate it or love it everyone has an opinion about it. One of these people is President Bush, 'the nation needs to be closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons'. I disagree with his view, as The Waltons is an outdated family that is not very realistic and is stereotypical, whereas The Simpsons deal with real life issues. Mel Gipson believes that 'you can learn all life's lessons from watching The Simpsons'. I agree with him because The Simpsons deal with real life issues and the run into problems as a realistic middle class family would and they resolve their problem at the end. The Simpsons I very successful and watched by people of all ages for many reasons. A reason is a comedy appeal to a wide audience is because The Simpsons is a family the audience can relate to, not on ideal family. The Simpsons depicts stereotypical images, but individual characters subverts stereotypes this creates humor which will be a form of escape from a busy lifestyle for the audience. By, Prithvi Boyinapalli"

  • To What Extent Are Soap Operas A Woman's Genre?

    "It is in my opinion an extremely female oriented genre, but that does not however make this genre any less progressive than any other form of television. Even with its lack of masculinity, the genre of the soap opera is one of the most progressive forms of television around. This is due to the fact that the audience contributes to the understanding of the drama and it is a form where the audience is always in control. This is what makes this genre so progressive and is what will keep soap operas a woman's genre. 1"

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