Amanda Rose

Solving the world's problems one K-Drama at a time. Student of Politics, Public Health, and avid entertainment blogger.

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    Culture in American Television

    How much of what is portrayed in our top ranking shows is factually accurate? Friends is one of the most enduring, popular American comedies still watched at home and abroad to this day. What cultural notions or ideals exist that may represent or misrepresent Americans?

    • Good topic. When I read this I immediately thought of Modern Family. I became a viewer after it had been own for a few seasons, and I think the show does a fantastic job of depicting numerous issues: divorce, balancing motherhood and work, a gay couple, adoption, remarriage to the younger woman, etc. I would say Modern Family is a good representation of America. – danielle577 5 years ago
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    • It could also be interesting to touch on how a lot of American television is viewed in other countries and how these shows are portraying American values/culture to foreign audiences. – Marcie Waters 5 years ago
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    • This sounds be great, I think it would also be great to point out how American shows represent other cultures, and if their accuracy, or lack thereof, helps or hurts American views on other places as well as other places views on Americans. – Austin Bender 5 years ago
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    • Seinfeld came to mind when I first read this as well because it's really focused on the personalities instilled in characters and how we perceive them and how we react to who they are and how they act towards one another and other people in the show. – scole 4 years ago
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    • One recurring theme in American TV, especially shows like Friends and Sex and the City, is that these types of shows portray American women as exercising sexual freedom that isn't commonly seen in TV shows from Eastern countries. Women talking, sharing and engaging in many sexual encounters isn't seen as much in series from the East. That would be one huge difference for sure. I don't think I can judge though how accurately that represents or misrepresents American culture. Whoever writes on this topic could take a look at how the single life is portrayed in sitcoms and romantic relationships and compare to how these types of romantic relationships may represent Americans. Even though the show was called Friends, it was about living the single life, finding yourself and finding love in your 20s. – Munjeera 4 years ago
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    I’ve read a lot of fanfiction, and I’ve come to see it as a way to elaborate on a particular character or character relationship. Many fans find they are not satisfied with the original existing relationship between two or more characters, or perhaps even find themselves so deeply attracted to a character, which fuels their desire to continue their own version of the character relationship. Thus was the invention of “shipping,” and bromance, and all that. It’s a great way to explore character development and plot while using characters you already know. Takes away the hassle of going through the whole character creation, but offers the excitement of creating your own ending. It also satisfies that desire to see your dream ship sail.

    Fanficton: A Practice in the Art of Storytelling

    There is a value to paper print, but there is no denying the convenience and speed of digital communication. Much like with other forms of technology, such as cars, it may never be absolute, but it is certainly taking over the majority to the world. Don’t know yet whether that’s a good thing, but progress is progress!

    The Modern Translation of Writing

    This is a well-researched article and eye-opening for those who are unaware of the South Korean obsession with beauty. I think we all should be careful when evaluating the practice of another country not to overlook our own similar practices. While it is true cosmetic surgery thrives in South Korea like nowhere else, America made plastic surgery popular with our breast enhancements and face lifts. At least as many American celebrities as KPop stars have had cosmetic surgery in the form of lipo-suction, breast enlargement, nose reduction, or a face lift. As a result, many American women now question their size as well, and plenty of American men evaluate women according to unrealistic standards.

    The whole world is obsessed with beauty. South Korea found a way to capitalize on it. There is nothing morally wrong with that. The sad part is that Koreans feel the need for double eye-lid surgery at all. They shouldn’t feel pressured to have wide or “Western” looking eyes, as this perpetuates negative body image of an entire culture more so than their cosmetic surgery marketing techniques.

    Thanks for posting!

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