Culture Questions for Television Media Review Assignment (Movie Review Sample)
Culture Questions for Television
Adapted from “Reading Culture: Contexts for Critical Reading and Writing”
by Diana George & John Trimbur (8th Edition)
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Choose a TV show to analyze. Options are: The Newsroom, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Shameless, VEEP, The Simpsons, House of Cards.
Name of show:________________________________ Episode (include date):_________________________________________
Why did you choose this show and this episode?__________________________________________________________________________________________
How are the surface areas of culture (dress, food, language, customs, body language) reflected in the TV show?
What do the characters think is important? What isn't important?
What values are expressed in the TV show? What isn't valued?
Consider the emotions of the TV show. Is there any humor? Why is it considered funny? Would it be funny in other cultures? Is there any fear or suspense? Is it a universal fear or specific to a particular culture?
How do people in different groups interact with each other? Are there any hierarchies or conflict? Why?
Are people of different races and cultures depicted? If they are, does the episode stereotype them, or does it realistically portray the individuals.
Does the show aim to make any commentary on social or political issues?
The modern family is a show that gives an overview of what happens at home and at school. I choose modern family show because it helps in educating people on the things to avoid and values to observe as a family. Episode six to be precise explains how kids from a wealthy family feels and act on certain issues especially at school. I choose the episode because it gives a clear picture of what happens in school and the reaction of students towards various issues.
the surfaces of culture are evident in the show. in the beginning of the show we see Haley worried about what her friends will think when they see her driving instructor picking her from school. She is worried that they will think that she is dating a 40 year old man who is not handsome. Its therefore evident that there have been cases of school girls dating old men. Another culture reflected is being proud of one heritage. in the show many wears a Colombian poncho to show his classmates about his heritage. The reaction of jay shows that most of the young people do not value their heritage but thinks it is outdated. The mode of dressing is also highly valued and the way one dresses kind of displays his or her outward appearance. for example the ghetto fabulous afro that lily is wearing, Mitchell feels that its over the top.
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