Television Cultures - Reflective Posts

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Television Cultures – Reflective posts Part one: Dead set 2008 The week one screening of film Dead Set, a horror drama film created by Charlie Brooker and directed by Yann De-mange chronicles a nightmare scenario in which Britain is taken over by Zombies. It is essentially a spoof on reality television that depicts both the inside and outside worlds of the UK’s version of “Big Brother.” The film explores the parallels between zombies and contemporary reality television. Zombies represent the darker side of human nature (Gadsby, 2011), coinciding with the idea that reality television has the power to destruct and generate conceptions that construct the way society thinks. Brookers film looks at the power of media influence. It reflects the ideology of the modern day society, where people have become to consumed in media and just like zombies have their minds set on one thing. This can follow the idea of the Hypodermic Needle Theory, established by Harold Lasswell in 1920s, which assumes audiences are passive, and homogenous. The theory assumes that the media’s message is a bullet fired from the “media gun” into the viewers “head” (Berger, 1995). Furthermore, the worlds “bullet” and “needle” are used to show the powerlessness of the audience as media impacts public opinion and behaviour change. Booker examines the history of reality TV and wants audiences to “consider the capacity of humankind to consume itself via the media’s obsession with representing back to us the
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