Please engage at least one of this week’s articles (Becker’s “Gay-Themed Televis
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Please engage at least one of this week’s articles (Becker’s “Gay-Themed Television and the Slumpy Class” or Griffin’s “Queerness, the Quality Audience, and Comedy Central’s Reno 911!”) and at least one of the week’s “suggested screenings” (The Simpsons, “Homer’s Phobia” or Reno 911!, “Clementine’s Pregnant”) to craft an organized and coherent 300-500 word response to the week’s material. You may choose to address any one or multiple of the below prompts and/or pose your own questions, critiques, and assessments. Please address specific and relevant aesthetic/thematic/narrative details about the episode(s), though, and use direct quotes or substantive paraphrases of the readings. You may start with some summary but synopsis should not comprise the bulk of your post. Please note that you will NOT be able to view your classmates’ writings until after you have submitted. I encourage you, though, to interact with/respond to your classmates’ posts – this discussion could factor into your class participation assessment! Some questions you might choose to consider (you do not need to answer all of them):
How does either Ron Becker or Hollis Griffin define “quality programming” and/or “quality audiences”? How do they contextualize the marketing appeal of specific programs/episodes?
How does The Simpsons or Reno 911! incorporate camp elements into its aesthetic style or narrative sensibility? Do you understand “Homer’s Phobia” and/or “Clementine’s Pregnant” as appealing to or exploiting queer viewers?
Which character(s) in this week’s episode are provided agency/subjectivity? With whom are we meant to identify and via what aesthetic/thematic/narrative tropes?
What is the function of satire or irony in either of these episodes? How do they either critique or uphold constructs of heteronormativity via their genre conventions?
In what ways do these programs speak to 1990s/2000s LGBTQ+ politics and how do their modes of presentation speak to their ideological interventions?
How do these shows reflect the positioning of their parent networks (Fox and Comedy Central)? How do their channels/distribution outlets speak to their marketing incentives/target audiences?