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1 COMS 426 COMS 426 Welcome to Canada

2 Television as a nation building medium – fostering an imagined community Television as a nation building medium – fostering an imagined community Telling stories that make sense, that we can relate to, and that show the nation as it wants to be represented. Telling stories that make sense, that we can relate to, and that show the nation as it wants to be represented. But which stories are “successful”? Which stories have marketability so that they can transcend national boundaries to become transnational productions? But which stories are “successful”? Which stories have marketability so that they can transcend national boundaries to become transnational productions?

3 How does one define Canada? How does one define Canada?

4 The Myths of Canada – The Myths of Canada – White White Peaceful/Peacekeepers Peaceful/Peacekeepers Middle power – not dominant or aggressive like the US Middle power – not dominant or aggressive like the US Not a colonizing or imperial power like the US or Britain Not a colonizing or imperial power like the US or Britain Equality (racial and sexual) Equality (racial and sexual)

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6 “We are one of the most stable regimes in history…. We are unique in that regard. …. We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or both them” (reported Sept 25, 2009). “We are one of the most stable regimes in history…. We are unique in that regard. …. We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or both them” (reported Sept 25, 2009).

7 Vancouver, Olympics 2010 Vancouver, Olympics 2010

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10 Regions as “small nations” Regions as “small nations” Regional identity part of the national identity Regional identity part of the national identity Love/hate relationship Love/hate relationship Regional identifiers as central to national identity but also as central to transnational appeal. Regional identifiers as central to national identity but also as central to transnational appeal. Atlantic regions vs urban metropolitan cities(Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) Atlantic regions vs urban metropolitan cities(Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) Prairies – farmland and ‘country’ as opposed to cosmopolitan cities Prairies – farmland and ‘country’ as opposed to cosmopolitan cities

11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4YrgG HCXE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4YrgG HCXE

12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4YrgG HCXE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4YrgG HCXE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZQSRm M6K_s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZQSRm M6K_s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZQSRm M6K_s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZQSRm M6K_s Interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Zarqa Nawaz Interview Zarqa Nawaz Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmubPw dpmic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmubPw dpmic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmubPw dpmic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmubPw dpmic

13 Combination of geography and ideological – how space is articulated in an ideological manner or the ideological representation of space: Combination of geography and ideological – how space is articulated in an ideological manner or the ideological representation of space: ‘the fundamental sense in which our perception of the geographical-as-location inevitably carries within it a prevailing sense of the ideological signing of that location.’ (e.g. what particular neighborhoods mean, how locales are interpreted). - Billingham ‘the fundamental sense in which our perception of the geographical-as-location inevitably carries within it a prevailing sense of the ideological signing of that location.’ (e.g. what particular neighborhoods mean, how locales are interpreted). - Billingham

14 Farms, rural space, wide spaces, inherently white or settler populations Farms, rural space, wide spaces, inherently white or settler populations What the prairies are – native land What the prairies are – native land Saskatchewan – 2014 statistics indicate a population of 1,129,899 Saskatchewan – 2014 statistics indicate a population of 1,129,899 Native population, based on 2011 statistics: 157,740 or 15.6% of the total population (http://stats.gov.sk.ca/stats/pop/2011Aborigin al%20People.pdf) Native population, based on 2011 statistics: 157,740 or 15.6% of the total population (http://stats.gov.sk.ca/stats/pop/2011Aborigin al%20People.pdf)

15 Byers: Byers: “Deracinated texts, of which LM might be considered an example, offer representations that may be of great value in terms of attracting transnational (and national) audiences. But this requires that specific histories, politics, and meanings of their particular sites (their geo-ideologies) be covered over or, at least, not rendered with undue specificity.” “Deracinated texts, of which LM might be considered an example, offer representations that may be of great value in terms of attracting transnational (and national) audiences. But this requires that specific histories, politics, and meanings of their particular sites (their geo-ideologies) be covered over or, at least, not rendered with undue specificity.”

16 Began with a movie, then television series, and then 4 other movies, now on Netflix Began with a movie, then television series, and then 4 other movies, now on Netflix

17 Mockumentary – Mockumentary – Opening Opening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bhC0cb mre4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bhC0cb mre4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bhC0cb mre4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bhC0cb mre4 Documentary on the making of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIVXAaL BJkI Documentary on the making of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIVXAaL BJkI Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sRpJCD dvTY Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sRpJCD dvTY

18 Dartmouth – outside of Halifax/suburbs Dartmouth – outside of Halifax/suburbs What the trailer park represents – and represented historically – whiteness, but also the rendition of it on the TV program – white trash What the trailer park represents – and represented historically – whiteness, but also the rendition of it on the TV program – white trash Masculine aspect of the program Masculine aspect of the program Amateurish – home video look/in contrast to the polish of urban, big city productions Amateurish – home video look/in contrast to the polish of urban, big city productions

19 Atlantic region – settler land Atlantic region – settler land Erasure of African-Canadian histories and the race relations in the province. Erasure of African-Canadian histories and the race relations in the province. The Story of Africville: The Story of Africville: http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/society/racism/africv ille-expropriating-black-nova-scotians/africville-is-an- eyesore.html http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/society/racism/africv ille-expropriating-black-nova-scotians/africville-is-an- eyesore.html https://www.nfb.ca/film/remember_africville https://www.nfb.ca/film/remember_africville https://www.nfb.ca/film/remember_africville http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/polite-racism- inequality-still-linger-in-n-s-say-minority-groups-1.2831606 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/polite-racism- inequality-still-linger-in-n-s-say-minority-groups-1.2831606 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/polite-racism- inequality-still-linger-in-n-s-say-minority-groups-1.2831606 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/polite-racism- inequality-still-linger-in-n-s-say-minority-groups-1.2831606

20 Focus on the opening sequences and pilot episodes Focus on the opening sequences and pilot episodes Opening sequences – are the paratext of the show Opening sequences – are the paratext of the show Establish characters, plot and genre of the show Establish characters, plot and genre of the show What a show says as much as what it doesn’t say about the realities of the place and the people inhabiting that space. What a show says as much as what it doesn’t say about the realities of the place and the people inhabiting that space.


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