Postmodern Sitcom: Do Key Themes in 1980s Television Shows Apply Today?

Location: Jepson 120
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:05 PM

Brenda J. Allen's themes in "Diversity Matters" are also key themes in 1980s sitcoms. In my podcast series, "Postmodern Sitcom," postmodernism will serve to see if influences growing up affect today's decisions and how television impacts entire generations. Family Ties, Growing Pains, Silver Spoons, Night Court, Punky Brewster, Facts of Live, and more will become lenses in which Allen's key themes are viewed.


For my capstone project, I plan to look at television sitcoms from the 1980s and apply key issues today (from Brenda J. Allen's "Diversity Matters," gender, race, age, social class, ability, sexuality, nationality, and religion) explored through postmodern theories. This will be presented as a work in progress to determine if themes suggested in 1980s TV hold up today. Did 1980s TV influence Generation X to view the world in a way that contradicts today? Did those themes give Generation X an unrealistic expectation of what "adulting" looks like? My capstone will culminate in a podcast series, each exploring a different topic. I would like to expand on a presentation I created for Intercultural Comms to explore how 80s TV shaped decisions of today's Generation X.

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