Film & Theater studies

Read: Hilmes, Chapter 12 (see Beachboard for details)
Butler, “Television’s Ebb and Flow” (BB)
Sconce, “What if? Charting Television New Textual Boundaries” (BB)
Los Angeles Times, “How TV should Television Be Defined These Days?” (BB)

Ⅰ. What is the main point of Butler’s chapter? What does Butler mean by Television’s ebb and flow? Define “polysemy,” “heterogeneity,” and “contradiction” and discuss how each concept relates to television’s flow? How is television programming segmented? How has the ebb and flow of television changed in the post-network era? What factors coⅡⅡntribute to this change?

Ⅱ. What is the main point of Sconce’s article? How have television narratives changed over time? What dose Sconce mean by “ world building” and a cumulative narrative? What does Sconce mean by a conjectural narrative?

Ⅲ. According to the LA Times article, “ How Should Television Be Defined Nowadays? ,” list SIX factors and/or elements that define contemporary television.

Ⅳ List and define three forms of convergence television Caldwell discusses: 1. Ancillary textuality, 2. Conglomerating textuality, and 3. programming textuality.

How do the following episodes relate to post-network television aesthetics, narrative, and form?

1. Scrubs “My Catalyst”

2. Glee ‘The Power of Madonna”

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer “ Once More with Feeling”

4. The Simpsons “ The itchy, Scratchy, and Poochie Show”

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