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AS and A Level: Television
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2006 British drama film This Is England combines both of these perceptions through an interesting use of Levi Strauss' theory of Binary Opposites. The film sees a group of young adults in 1980's West England develop a conflict with a middle-aged man, Combo, whom identifies with the second working-class skinhead movement of the 20th century. The group act as the force of good - displaying an optimistic view of the world and making decisions based on acceptance - whereas Combo and his gang act as their binary opposite - the manifestation of evil - exhibiting racist views as a consequence of their feelings toward the immigrants entering the country after the Faulklands War.
The social decay is the idea that the audience is being brainwashed by the false reality that they see. It causes them to believe that what they are consuming is in fact reality rather than glamourised events which exploit those partaking in the programme. Geordie Shore is a prime example of the exploitation of the proletariat through the consumption of reality TV. Although the show is actually ?structured reality? which would suggest that the events are put into a scripted situation but without scripted dialogue, it still conveys a false sense of reality for the viewer.
Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
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.
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.