"The X-Files" and PostModern Texts in Society Term Paper by Metro

A look at how "The X-Files" have had a large impact on audiences' understanding of postmodernism and its effects on media today.
# 150379 | 1,637 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | NZ
Published on Feb 05, 2012 in Film (Television) , Sociology (Media and Society)

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This paper examines how there has been a large impact of the television series "The X-Files" on audiences understanding of postmodern texts in their society today. It looks at how "The X-Files" along with more recent shows such as "Lost", help understanding how such texts can be read as symptomatic postmodern texts, with lingering and contrasting elements of modernism attached. Furthermore they also allow audiences to witness the transformations which have occurred to contemporary media systems and practices by the impacts they have had off camera. The paper also looks at how such shows also reveal much about the relationship between popular culture, conspiracy theories and "official truths , and postmodern knowledge and how they also can be seen to be effective in terms of being platforms for social and political critique.

From the Paper:

"To understand how shows such as The X-Files can be read as symptomatic postmodern texts with lingering and contrasting elements of modernism, it must first be understand what is meant by these terms and the effects they have had on the media. Modernism was a movement of increased beliefs in the powers of science and technology, as well as a rejection of religion for a new emphasis on searching for the truth; postmodernism was a reaction against this. Where modernism was optimistic about technology, postmodernism was sceptical about its benefits and what it would lead to. Society became typified by "the rise of new information technologies, the globalisation of financial market, the growth of the service and the white collar worker and the decline of heavy industry." (Creeber 2009: 15). In terms of media, postmodernism began to see a more image saturated society, with media image expanding due to the stronger consumer culture. There were further developments as mass audiences became fragmented into communities of shared tastes, and image saturation led to reality and truth being questioned. Unlike modernism, postmodernism saw truth and reality as being harder to distinguish from each other in society, and that both were subject to individual interpretation. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abbott, Stacey (2005). Reading Angle - The TV Spin-Off With A Soul. New York: I.B Tauris & Co Ltd.
  • Bignell, Jonathan (2000). Postmodern Media Culture. Delhi: Aakar Books.
  • Creeber, Glen & Royston Martin (2009). Digital Cultures - Understanding New Media. Berkshire: McGraw-Hill.
  • Delasara, Jan (2000). PopLit, PopCult and The X-Files - A Critical Exploration. North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc.
  • Gradnitzer, Louisa & Pittson, Todd (1999). X Marks the Spot - On Location With the X-Files. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press.

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