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Primetime Diplomacy: How Popular Television Shows Shape Public Opinion
As the era of peak TV continues to bring new, diverse, and provocative content, there are more opportunities than ever for art to imitate life—and for life to imitate art. Have Carrie Mathison and Jack Bauer changed how Americans view national security? Does The Americans shape our understanding of the Cold War? Is Selina Meyer or Olivia Pope a better representation of how Washington works? These hugely popular shows have the potential to influence public perception of current events in unanticipated ways. What is the impact of this on public policy and how can we measure it?
Join us to discuss how popular television shapes our understanding of domestic and global issues and what that means in a world where fact and fiction are increasingly difficult to tell apart.
Suggested readings to guide our discussion:
- Can Good Television Beat the Islamic State?
How a Saudi television network is countering the narrative of terrorist propaganda.
- Learning Foreign Policy from House of Cards
Do plot lines involving national security and a blend of truth and fiction teach us anything about foreign policy?
- Neoliberal Politics, Convergence, and the Do-It-Yourself Security of 24
What 24 tells us about the relationship between television, post-9/11 America, and the 'war on terror.'
- The 1980s American Soap Opera That Explains How Russia Feels About Everything
A look at the peculiar obsession with Santa Barbara in the post-Soviet experience.
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About The Telefeminism Project
Our mission is to to push the television industry to rethink and revise the way they treat women, on-screen and off, in order to promote positive messages and to help combat harmful stereotypes. We advocate for a diverse television landscape where women have an equal role in all aspects of the production process, where actresses are treated with respect and paid an equal wage, and where female characters are written as complex, realistic, autonomic individuals with as broad a range of skills and interests as their male counterparts.