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Television & Prime Time Families
How major 1950s-1980s sitcoms reflect family values. Effects of advertising, revenues, cultural conflicts & issues.
# 10340 | 1,800 words | 3 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 11, 2003 in Communication (Television) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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"Ella Taylor considers American television to be a contemporary form of storytelling that reveals generally held views about the identity and role of the family in American culture. She argues that television's accessibility and the size and heterogeneity of its audience make it the most truly popular and populist of modern cultural forms. Also, the language and imagery of family can be observed in all genres of television shows, including comedy and dramatic series, daytime and nighttime soaps, made-for-TV movies, and even news programming.
Taylor analyzes each decade of television programming as a combination of marketing exigencies and cultural trends that produced different portraits of American social life. She argues against shows that promote 'traditional ..."

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