Feminism in Situational Comedy: Discourse through Laughter in 22 Minutes In American households, most people can claim to watch sitcoms. Typical situational comedies, or sitcoms, can be described as a brief encounter with familiar characters who encounter "situations" and solve any dilemmas within 22 minutes, making sure to do so in a humorous way. It remains true that most TV shows feature male leading actors, as well as most of TV programming. However, one genre where the female lead is gaining ground is in TV sitcoms. I wish to examine some recent shows and characters that have served to address feminist issues by first drawing a parallel between these shows, and then analyzing the characters.
Television makes people look deep inside and think about the notions of good and evil. Not every person that watches television is affected by and shares emotions. In the television series The Sopranos, Tony Soprano kills, threatens and projects anger to other people. Harold says, “We do not just take on one character or one point of view, and we do not respond emotionally in only one way” (248). Harold also says that it’s okay to like Tony because he is a fictional character (241).
Finally, the Colbert Report imitates life in that the “TV audience” cheering on his pointless comments parallels how our society is often times entertained by complete nonsense. Clearly conservatives think that Colbert actually believes what he says and is not using political satire; however, the liberals have the impression that Colbert uses satire and is not serious about his political views. Again this supports the notion that television is a reflection of real life. In our day and age, people, especially Americans, are so consumed with their everyday lives that they forget that there are tragedies going on in other countries on a daily basis. Most news shows either steer clear of meddling in another country’s affairs, or they talk about important events and tragedies in a
Also, the video seemed easier to interpret and follow along with, as the written version required rereading for greater comprehension. The video was entertainment still, which this viewer believes is at least in part a test of good writing. One could not watch it, without feeling the anguish Woolf felt at being suppressed where she so much wanted to grow. That sympathy is what effects people to support her
Steven Johnson makes the argument that multiple threading has a positive impact on television today.Johnson believes that the show Hill Street Blues successfully had a combination of a complex narrative structure and complex subject matter. Shows of the past only used one or the other. For example All in the Family and Rhondadealt with difficult social issues of that time. The Sopranos deals with multiple threads which involves more than 20 recurring characters. Multi-threading is a very important aspect to television today, but Johnson believes it has not received the credit it deserves.
American independent film is somewhat of a mystery to many American’s these days. A majority of the movies American’s view today, are the ones that tend to do the best in the box office and when they are released on DVD, are those made by major Hollywood directors and writers with the big name actors. Many of them have a similar story line: boy falls in love with girl, boy loses girl, boy fights to get girl back, and they live happily ever after. They are there mainly to entertain people with their graphics or special effects. With those films, there is not much a message, it is something we see time after time, and people do not leave the theatre saying “Wow!
In IV.iv.2-69, Hamlet has a very dramatic soliloquy that is very effective for the impatient and technologically inclined audience. Gregory Doran directed his production in a way that is different than any other production; he took a risk and made it as modern as possible, without losing the essence of Shakespeare to target a younger audience. A younger audience tends to be more impatient with the content of their movies and TV shows; Doran uses this to his advantage, knowing that it is typically the younger audience that watches TV and videos. By having a strong and familiar cast, he draws the viewer into the video and keeps their attention by moving scenes around and subtracting unnecessary lines. In the rather dramatic soliloquy, Doran cuts out almost half of the lines.
Chekov's honest portrayal of characters teaches the audience a lesson on the nature of human relationships, and the danger of remaining idle and lacking ambition in life. The end provides a very natural finish to a truly human play. Chekov does not overdress the emotion in the final acts, and brings the play round in a cycle, ending in the same melancholy mood it began. However Chekov' mastery is his ability to end the play in a way that suggests the characters will continue to live their lives beyond the pages of the play. 'Uncle Vanya' does not follow the conventional "rules" of drama.
Agreeable people get along well with others and are generally considerate, friendly and willing to compromise their interests with others (Rothmann & Coetzer 2013). Agreeable people think positively of others. They see others as trustworthy, honest and decent. Disagreeable people on the other hand, place self interest before others. They treat others with suspicion and as such, they do not generally get along well with others.
The show premiered on October 31, 2010 on the network AMC (American Classic Movies). It instantly became a commercial and critical hit with audiences and critics alike, gaining widespread popularity and a massive amount of followers. The Walking Dead accomplished what the majority of television shows fail to do; engage the audience and make us care about the characters portrayed. The bulk of television is made up of Reality TV, which is highly impersonal and often times fabricated to create a sense of drama and urgency. This wherein lies the inception of The Walking Dead.