Sept 20 notes perception of culture

She found that working class women perceived

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She found that working class women perceived television as an honest depiction of how the real world works. To these women, “realism” represented the kind of lives that working class women wanted to live. David Grazian – the “authenticity” of Blues Musicians in Chicago. We automatically connect blues music with african americans. What we see is only as real as what matches our preconceptions. Watching Dallas Dallas Haters Dallas Lovers The “ironists” (the viewer believes that they are better than the show, their enjoyment from the show does not come from them believing it's “good”, it's because of the ridiculous plot lines and story lines that they find entertainment) Ex: The “DARE” t-shirt, something that most people wear to mock the purpose of the program Shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Real Housewives” know they are intended to be viewed ironically, that their target audiences are people who accept ironic viewing. Relationship between Cultural Production and Cultural Reception
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Cultural products help set the agenda (Gitlin, Lukes) Ex: Twilight; while consumers may decide what they choose to read, the books provide what they want to read, dividing the story into “teams”, letting the demographic split in an encouraging way Cultural products have varying degrees of “multivocality” (Griswold) Cultural products don't just make types of producers, but also types of consumers.
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