House of Cards, Scandal, Veep and many before them have focused on The White House and what it means to be in power. Take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to portraying American politics on television. Is it a fair representation? Is it too sensationalized or is it brutally honest?
This sounds like a great starting point. One thing that you may want to keep in mind throughout this article is the relationship between the contemporary political landscape and political affiliations of the creators (ie. Left/Right creator under a Left/Right government). Noting how agreements and riffs between contemporary governments and creators could raise biases in presentation or other interesting patterns. – irmiculan8 years ago
I think this is a great topic, and i would be inclined to discuss the glamorization of underhanded dirty politics, and how that can even inspire people to want to take part in it (House of Cards inspiring law or political science majors). Despite it being a negative view of politics – justjosie8 years ago
I find this topic very interesting. I watch Scandal religiously (just starting House of Cards). As a Sociology and International Development major, I am intrigued by the way in which underhanded politics, optics, and spinsters to name a few are used to push agendas, garner support, and [re]structure the political landscape. I am Canadian, and admittedly not too familiar with the American political landscape, but I find that these kinds of shows are not only reflective of the America's politics, but of many political realities all too familiar to The West. Political-based shows are a niche at the moment, and capitalizing on them seems to be the way to go. I am interested in examining to what extent the sensationalization of American politics in these shows is accurate, and the effectiveness of these shows in reaching young adults and engaging them in/with politics. – TheSocialBee8 years ago
I think it would be interesting if someone from the political arena--let's say a poli.sci. major, or enthusiastic major--were to answer this question. Someone who believes in the system, or looks at it as a reputable powerhouse. Because, when analyzing the examples given, they do NOT paint a good picture of the political stage. Though, I am an avid fan of both Scandal and VEEP, I love shows that dig into this world, and part of me, thinks they are pretty accurate.... – danielle5777 years ago
I would say that to do this essay, there would need to be some development in the essay about the writers of these shows and where they are their information and background. – Joseph Cernik5 years ago