Where does the ‘television’ I consume come from?
Most of the television I consume come’s from mostly the Westernised world from nation’s such as America and in the form of demand streaming services such as Netflix and Stan has it generally has a large range of films, series and genres to chose from. Whilst also being cheap & easy to use. On Netflix’s or Stan I generally mostly watch Americanised television programs or films. Although I do also sometimes watch free to air television where I often watch Australian reality programs such as survivor. This to me showcase’s the changing world where people are no longer opting to watch free to air TV but would much prefer to watch it through streaming service’s (Netflix’s or Stan) where they have power over what they will watch leading to the decline in consumption of free to air TV.
What does television tell you about the world in which I live?
Most of my consumption of television coming through either my mobile to laptop due demand streaming service’s such as Netflix’s. This tells me I am living in a mostly an online world of television where accessibility and variety are king. With most of my consumption of television being by either Stan or Netflix’s mean’s I consume a lot of Americanised television and can even reflect on America’s heavy integration into Australian popular culture. This integration of popular culture can be seen through famous sitcoms such as Seinfeld making it ways to Australian via Foxtel and Stan.
The television series ‘The Office’ can be seen as a global success with both the U.K and U.S version having their own success respectively. With the U.S version changing settings, portrayal of main characters and dialogue to better fit the American audience’s. For example Pam is much slimmer and more superficially beautiful than her U.K counterpart conforming to the more American ideal women. With British humour using regularly irony whilst using sarcasm to hide strong emotion. In contrast American humour is more straight forward and obvious predominantly using slapstick humour. The U.S version struggled at first just surviving its first season until write and producer Greg Daniels nailed both dialogue and character betrayal in season 2 where the show took off leading to the successful Americanisation of ‘The Office U.S’.
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- Porridge, 2017, accessed 26th August 2019, https://porridgemagazine.com/2017/05/19/the-americanisation-of-the-office-jason-garske/