ces like Louisiana where they view politics purely as entertainment. "Ned Stark Peace and Justice Jim Brown Jim Brown's syndicated column appears each week in numerous newspapers throughout the nation and Adidas Gazelle Dark Blue Womens
on websites worldwide. Nothing is produced in a cultural or social vacuum. All forms of representation intersect and interact with our contemporary world, whether we like it or not. This includes recently acclaimed television programs such as True Detective, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Game of Thrones. The fantasy elements of Game of Thrones enhance its images of a brutal world driven by the will to control. This is highly relevant when conflicts in pursuit of power often underpinned by violence continue to take place across the globe. Medieval costuming, settings and magic may Adidas Gazelle Og Black Size 4 seem distant. Yet even Julia Gillard, a fan of the series, linked Game of Thrones to her impending doom as prime minister and the Rudd sword that would eventually slay her. Gender inequality is offered as one example of an issue commonly woven into cultural narratives in a didactic manner.
Setting aside his unsettling broad brush treatment of contemporary feminism it is unfortunate that Jacobs conceives of discrimination as a "boutique" matter. On the contrary, such collective problems demand critical inspection in cultural settings. In the words of Duke University academic , we are each "condemned to history" in the inherent sociability of our lives. Jacobs goes on to argue that Game of Thrones is the best form of entertainment chiefly because it avoids complexity. Such complexity lauded in an earlier Conversation piece by Jason Mittell is instead seen as largely negative in the programs Mad Men and Breaking Bad. But complexity is not the same as complication. Narrative power is produced through sophisticated storytelling. This enables many perspectives to Adidas Gazelle Indoor Black And Orange
emerge and audience pleasure to be heightened. Moreover, without complexity there is no simplicity: each relies on the other for meaning.
In the same way as other aesthetic forms such as literature and painting, a quality television series can ask important ethical questions. This involves making compromising and morally messy decisions, because Adidas Originals Gazelle 2 Junior Trainers
the world we live in is difficult and complex. Television that responds to the urgent need for self questioning cannot be so easily written off as convoluted. The myth of the cultural divideWell written and produced programs such as House of Cards and The Wire provide levels of meaning accessible to some, though not necessarily to all. That does not mean that they are less worthy. On the contrary, what is revealed is a wide assortment of narratives that respond to a diversity of viewers. Audiences are not a uniform mass of receivers interpreting televisual texts in the same way. We are a varied lot, an unpredictable array of individual consumers. Appeals to "entertainment" value may seem to renew the division between purportedly complex cultural artifacts of limited audience reach, and the allegedly modest, accessible to all v.
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