Presentation on theme: "CULT TV. What is Cult TV? There is no single quality that characterizes a cult text; rather, cult texts are defined through a process in which shows are."— Presentation transcript:
What is Cult TV? There is no single quality that characterizes a cult text; rather, cult texts are defined through a process in which shows are positioned in opposition to the mainstream, a classification that is no more coherent as an object than the cult and is also a product of the same process of distinction that creates the opposed couplet mainstream/cult.
THESIS Even though cult television shows lack the strength to hold out in the ratings race, cult television is quality television and is composed of textual thickness through use of innovation, intelligence, and controversial subject matter. Fans of cult television are dedicated and now more than ever before are able to incorporate these cult texts into their lives through new technologies.
INNOVATION Narrative Elasticity Visually Appealing Twin Peaks (1990-1991) Created by David Lynch Cinematic Soap noir http://youtu.be/jNhY1_d1mH8
CONTROVERSY Least offensive programming Started with I Love Lucy My So-Called Life (1994-1995) First show to focus on the life of a teenage girl Showcases the tough obstacles of teenage life Rickie Vasquez http://youtu.be/3SG0gFBR8js
THE FANS Cult TV attracts a cult The Internet & Doctor Who Fan websites/ blogs Fan Fiction Fan videos http://youtu.be/YjfLp8 uXxUM