The O.C.

The O.C. : A Critical Understanding

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The O.C.: A Critical Understanding, by Lori Bindig and Andrea M. Bergstrom, is a feminist cultural studies analysis of the hit television series The O.C. (2003-2007). The show is examined in terms of five ideological aspects as well as audience reception, auteur theory, aesthetics, and reality television imitators. Bindig and Bergstrom place The O.C. in a larger social context and explore the potential ramifications of popular media texts, as well as its lasting influence on media and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0
  • 0739133160
  • 9780739133163

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This engaging book fascinates with its detailed reading of The O.C., its well-grounded theory, and its numerous insights into the multiple spaces of television programming. The authors trace the program's historical trajectory, and understand that the medium shapes and is shaped by the youth culture it speaks to. -- Robin Andersen, Fordham Universityshow more

About Lori Bindig

Lori Bindig is assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Andrea M. Bergstrom is assistant professor of media studies in the Department of Mass Communication at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New more

Table of contents

Part 1. Welcome to The O.C.: Understanding the Content and Audiences of The O.C. Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Youth and Media Culture Chapter 3. "My Life Just Doesn't Work Without You": How Gender Works in The O.C. Chapter 4. Angels and Demons: Depictions of Race and Class on The O.C. Chapter 5. "Gay Dad Trumps Slutty Mom": Sexuality on The O.C. Chapter 6. Welcome to the...Over Consumption?: Representations of Consumerism and The O.C. Chapter 7. Audience Analysis and The O.C. Part 2. The End's Not Near, It's Here: The Cultural Legacy of The O.C. in Today's Media Landscape Chapter 8. Josh Schwartz: Auteur?: Showrunners, Authorship, and The O.C. Chapter 9. Scene and Sound: The Media Aesthetics of The O.C. Chapter 10. The "Real" O.C.?: Reality Television and The O.C. Chapter 11. Conclusion Appendix A. Brief Synopsis of the Four Seasons of The O.C. Appendix B. Methodologyshow more