Exploring the possible future of the lesbian television experience: from Springfield to Venice

Pike, Jodie (2011) Exploring the possible future of the lesbian television experience: from Springfield to Venice. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Using the virtual ethnography analysis method, this dissertation looks at the effects of lesbian representation on American broadcast television with specific reference to the soap opera genre. Chapter one argues that positive lesbian representations on mainstream television is important in helping both youths and adults in understanding their non-heterosexual identities. I also argue that the use of online spaces such as fan forums further helps this understanding. While chapter two argues that US soap operas are failing at accurately portraying lesbian identities, chapter three offers an alternative web series dedicated to positively representing the lesbian community. This final chapter will tie issues around television representations of lesbians to the new medium of web series and the online community. I conclude that until daytime soap operas produce positive lesbian content, web series such as Venice provide the community with storylines and a communicative space that can help them understand and accept their sexuality.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 16:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6998

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