Mass Media And Reflection Of Society

2345 WordsJul 27, 201610 Pages
Feasibly, the capacity of the suburban family sitcom to capture a large audience decade after decade spotlights its importance to mass media and reflection of society. Indeed, 1950’s American television viewers were primed for an optimistic view of life. Those families depicted in the sitcoms offered an idealized representation of the American dream. (Lule, 2016) Accordingly, indicated by the many fathers of the fifties who were within the peace and serenity of their suburban homes with their families, after growing up through the hard times of the Great Depression and had lived through the untold horrors serving in the second world war. (Kutulas, 2005) Nevertheless, with the solemn aspects of the past brushed over by the sitcom in daily life, other optimistic factors were clear about the roles of family members. Looking at the father who served roles as the sole provider, authoritarian and wise counselor for his wife and children exemplified by TV dads such as Ward Cleaver, played by Hugh Beaumont, on the 50 's television show “Leave It To Beaver”. Over the next sixty years or so, father’s roles would change as the structure of the family continued its transformation. In a review of the book, The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed, Choice magazine cited the sitcom as a window into the culture of the day and serves not only as entertainment but also a clear view of society and social classes. (SUNY Press, n.d.) Consequently, the television sitcom has reflected the
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