RTV - EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF TELEVISION: Soaps, Sports, and...

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Unformatted text preview: EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF TELEVISION: Soaps, Sports, and Music 1 What is emotion? 2 Emotions are internal states and must be inferred from behavior. However, inferring emotions from behavior can be tricky. Components of emotion: h Physiological h Cognitive Emotion and Television 3 Emotional responses to TV Viewing (anger, arousal, sadness, joy) TV provides a vicarious experience of emotion. h observe crime without being in danger CSI Miami h enjoy comedy and embarrassment of others without being made fun of ourselves Examples of particularly emotional events on TV 4 Assassination of John Kennedy - and then of Lee Harvey Oswald on live TV Explosion of the space shuttle Challenger Twin towers of the New York World Trade Center collapsing I. SOAP OPERAS 5 Began in 1930s on radio Romance remains the staple Continuing stories that do not begin and end with each episode. Characteristics of Soap Opera Programming 6 Transmission at regular, frequent times, usually daily Constant and large cast, over years Cheap production costs Centered on a small community and/or large family Simulation of real time and realistic events Interwoven narratives, with overlapping resolutions, multiple plots November 2-6, 2009: Ratings 7 1. The Young and the Restless 2. The Bold and Beautiful 3. Days of our Lives 4. General Hospital 5. All My Children 6. As the World Turns 7. One Life to Live Milestones in Soap History 8 Guiding Light oldest running soap and scripted show in history h Began on radio in 1937 on NBC h Moved to TV (CBS) in 1952 h 15,000 th televised show in 2006 h Final episode aired on September 18 th 2009 Gothic Soap Opera: Dark Shadows (1966-1971) a Dark Shadows clip Milestones in Soap History (cont.) 9 Most Watched Episode Ever: Luke and Laura 's Wedding on General Hospital 1981 (30 million) 1980's prime time soap operas: Dallas , Dynasty , and Knots Landing. SOCIAL ISSUES ON SOAP...
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