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CLASS DISMISSEDHOW TV FRAMES THE WORKING CLASSMEDIA EDUCATIONFOUNDATIONT R A N S C R I P TMedia Education Foundation| 60 Masonic St. Northampton, MA 01060 | TEL 800.897.0089 | [email protected] |
Class DismissedHow TV Frames the Working ClassWriter & Producer:LORETTA ALPERExecutive Producer:SUT JHALLYAssociate Producers: KENYON KING &KENDRA OLSONEditor:KENYON KINGNarrated by ALVIN POUSSAINT, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical Schooland Director of the Media Center, The Judge Baker Children’s CenterFeaturing Interviews withMELISSA BUTLER, Teacher, Pittsburgh, PASTEVEN EDWARDS, Principal, East Hartford High School, CTARNOLD FEGE, Director of Public Engagement, Public Engagement NetworkNELL GEISER, Student, COCHRIS GERZON, Teacher, Fiske Elementary School, Concord MAHENRY GIROUX, Professor, Penn State UniversityWILLIAM HOYNES, Professor, Vassar CollegeDARBY KAIGHIN-SHIELDS, Student, Pittsburgh, PANAOMI KLEIN, Author,No Logo: Taking aim at the Brand BulliesBECKY MCCOY, Mother, Montgomery County MDALEX MOLNAR, Professor, Arizona State UniversityELAINE NALESKI, Director of Communications, Colorado Springs COLINDA PAGE, Lead Teacher, CIVA Charter School Colorado Springs COTOM PANDALEON, Parent, Pittsburgh, PASENATOR PAUL PINSKY, Maryland State SenatorRANDALL TAYLOR, School Board Member, Pittsburgh, PALAURA WILWORTH, Student, Manchester Essex Regional High SchoolMEDIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION 60 Masonic St. | Northampton, MA 01060 | TEL800.897.0089 | [email protected] | This transcript may be reproduced for educational, non-profit uses only.© 2006Featuring Interviews with
INTRODUCTION[Opening Music] Fortunate Son [Television clip]How do you do? My name is Dave Garroway and I’m here, and gladly so, to tell you that television is ready for you. The fun and the excitement of all of the world that it brings into your living room. Let me show you a few of the many things and places and people that race through the tubes and the wires and end up before your very eyes every time you reach out and turn the little knobwith your TV set on. NARRATOR: While television has provided a comfortable home for the middle class for over fifty years, many of its most memorable characters have been working class. Though producers insist that television is meant to entertain and not to educate, blue collar shows have undeniably played a pivotal role in shaping our perceptions of working class people. But because we see television as just entertainment, we readily disregard its impact on our thinking. It’s precisely because we believe television is merely entertainment, that we need to take its image of the working class seri-ously.Class matters because the subject of class is so taboo in the United States, we lack a conceptual framework for understanding television’s portrayal of the working class. Having a basic definition of class will not only give us insight into why people occupy their class positions, it will also enable us to make sense of TV’s representations and their broader social implications.

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