Neximar Alarcon, ID Number: 3035144
Tutor: Evelyn Ellerman
Communication Theory and Analysis (CMNS301)
27 February 2014
Final Essay Questions
Choose one of the following questions for elaboration in your essay, or discuss an alternative topic with your tutor. Each of the questions below is based on one of your readings.
1. In “Country Cookin' and Cross-Dressin': Television, Southern White Masculinities, and Hierarchies of Cultural Taste,” Greg M. Smith and Pamela Wilson present a model for analysing the genre of the televised cooking show. On the one hand, they are interested in how a particular show has achieved success over many years by flouting the norms of the genre. On the other hand, they are interested in the tension between the global and the local.
Using their general semiotic framework as your guide, analyze a successful cable show. What does this show tell you about its conceptualization of audience? What messages does it appear to be sending about gender and culture? Is it consistent in its messages? How does it differentiate the local from the global?
The True Blood World
HBO has done it again! The American premium cable television network is currently producing in association with Ball’s production company one of the most successful American television series after The Sopranos, True Blood. It is created by Allan Ball, Academy Award winner for Best Original Screen Play for American Beauty. The show is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. True Blood brings to the screen social motives, reflects pop-culture, and works as a perfect symbol of today’s consumer culture. The metaphysical, ethical, and social ramifications are shown in a very innovative, entertaining, exiting, and controversial fashion, without leaving the mystery aside. Even thought True Blood story is considered a fantasy, set in unreal locations, one could argue that the world of True Blood have...