Parks and Recreation

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Parks and Recreation

  1. 1. By Sarah, Ella, Sarah and George
  2. 2. GENRE DEBATES “Questions of definition”: text based “Questions of history”: context based “Questions of interpretation”: text & context
  3. 3. MITTELL’S GENRE Genres as “cultural categories” (Mittell 2001) Not just a textual component Operate within industry, audience and cultural practices
  4. 4. PARKS AND RECREATION IN CONTEXT • NBC Network, 9th of April 2009 • Greg Daniels, Michael Schur and Howard Klein all had worked on The Office • Success of The Office = Audience for comedy/mockumentary • Replaced Kath and Kim (another comedy/mockumentary) mid-series • Criticism from industry
  5. 5. MOCUMENTARY IN PAWNEE, INDIANA • Mid-level local government involving „real people‟ • Comedic primer in American politics • „T.V‟s most progressive show‟? • Political comedy in mockumentary format • Ensemble cast http://www.salon.com/2013/04/2 is_parks_and_recreation_secretly_socialist_partner/
  6. 6. NICHE MARKETS AND SERIALITY • Story arc follows Lelsie and Plot 48 • Sequential basis requiring dedication from viewers • Often results in watching a whole series‟ at a time
  7. 7. AUDIENCES AND FAN CULTURE • Not mainstream or for the „wider audience‟ • Dedicated blogs, memes and gifs to characters • Mixture of high/ lowbrow culture • Balance of satire without cynicism
  8. 8. SEQUENCE - Ron and emotional connection to Government - Only direct dialogue used - Placement of characters - Quick shots - Fast zooms - Static movement - Body language/ facial expression
  9. 9. PARKS: THE PERFECT FOIL FOR REALITY FAKERY - The gist of the humour is and has been in the character‟s presence - The anti-sitcom - Laugh track: impediment to true comedy? - Real world dialogue and manner of speaking - Talking lead sequences - Providing Least Objectional Programming (LOB) - Shot faster to look faster - Rougher, less polished visual style
  10. 10. REFERENCES • Mittell J 2001, 'A cultural approach to television genre theory', Cinema Journal, vol. 40, no. 3 • Rosoe J and Hights C, 2001, „Faking it: Mock-Documentary and the Subversion of Factuality‟, Manchester University Press • Gannon M, „Parks and Recreation: “T.V‟s most progressive show”‟, SALON http://www.salon.com/2013/04/25/is_parks_and_recreation_secretly_soc ialist_partner/ • O'Neil T, 2008, "TRANSCRIPT: The Envelope chat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 12, 2009. • Greenblatt B, 2005, Chief of Programming at NBC, Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. • Hawkins G, 2005, on „Taste‟ in New Keywords.
  11. 11. THANK YOU VOTE 1 LESLIE KNOPE!!

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