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.