Does sex and violence make HBO quality?

Collins, Andrew (2012) Does sex and violence make HBO quality? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will look at subscription channel HBO and specifically its drama shows. It will focus on the term quality television and what currently and previously is deemed quality television and why, but also if this terminology is beneficial to the medium or the shows themselves and if not what could it be replaced with. It will identify violence, sex and nudity as keys traits of subscription television and how they are portrayed on the television in present day dramas such as 'Boardwalk Empire' (Winter, 2010) and 'Game of Thrones' (Benioff, 2011), as well as HBO’s original flagship show, 'The Sopranos' (Chase, 1999). It will identify that HBO along with rivals Showtime as subscription channels are exempt from the majority of Federal Communication Commission legislation and guidelines and that because of it, HBO was renowned for showing soft pornography. The history of HBO and the gangster genre will be held accountable for audience’s acceptance for violence, sexual content and nudity, arguing that this has had a ‘dumbing down’ or desensitizing effect. It will do this by breaking down explicit sexual scenes that involve taboo subjects such as incest. As well as investigate scenes of extreme violence and comment on whether or not violence and sexual nudity are employed for sensationalism, realism, exploitation or that they are simply the result of the ratchet effect that deduces everything gets progressively more explicit overtime and is done simply to outdo what has gone before it. The women within these shows will also be labelled as submissive or powerful and as such will look at the impact of the submissive regularly appearing naked and the powerful in full attire. This will help establish that the First Amendment protects creators from any legal retribution if their television programs or films are held accountable for any wrong doing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 14:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14237

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