[Videolib] Tee Vee in Academia

Jerry Notaro (notaro@stpt.usf.edu)
Fri, 27 Aug 2004 08:39:42 -0400

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> ...and just to broaden this discussion:
>=20
> How many academic types out there are venturing into the vast wasteland? =
As I
> think I mentioned awhile back, I've amassed a fair amount of programming =
over
> the past couple of years, but it always seems like a crap shoot. I've tr=
ied
> to move along genre lines, along cultural construction of race, gender,
> ethnicity lines, etc...but it's a tough go compared to feature film. How=
many
> seasons of Sex and the City to get? Which cop shows will stand as parts =
of
> the TV canon? (TV what?). I've taken some lead from mass comm and gender
> studies faculty (film faculty could care less!), but otherwise, I'm flyin=
g
> pretty blind. There's no doubt in my mind that buying this stuff is
> important--like film, TV has become grist for study across the disciplina=
ry
> board. Still...
>=20
Colleagues in academe...whaddaya say?

The only two I have purchased is a season each of Oz and Queer As Folk. I
figured they were edgy, controversial, not available on broadcast and basic
cable, so they would be of interest to students. If a faculty member were t=
o
request something available for the curriculum, no matter if it be the
5000th rerun of Lucy, I=B9d get it.

Jerry

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