Cult Television by Sara Gwenllian-Jones

By Sara Gwenllian-Jones

A tv sequence is tagged with the label "cult" via the media, advertisers, and community executives whilst it truly is thought of edgy or offbeat, while it appeals to nostalgia, or while it truly is thought of emblematic of a specific tradition. through those standards, nearly any sequence may be defined as cult. but definite courses exert an uncanny energy over their fanatics, encouraging them to immerse themselves inside a fictional international.
In Cult tv prime students learn such indicates because the X-Files; The Avengers; physician Who, Babylon 5; megastar Trek; Xena, Warrior Princess; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to figure out the defining features of cult tv and map the contours of this phenomenon in the better scope of pop culture.

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250. 60. “We do not have the budgets of TF1 and France 2, but we make up for it with a commando spirit” (Nathalie Drouaire, director of acquisitions at M6). 61. ” TOWARD A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH 62. On this interaction between cult phenomena and their commentators who are also in part their producers, see Philippe Teillet, “Les cultes musicaux: La contribution de l’appareil de commentaires à la construction de cultes, l’exemple de la presse rock,” in La culture du culte, ed. Le Guern. 63. , Seuils, Passages, Communication 70 (2000): 33.

These groups are most often limited to audiences of a “happy few” but can also unite members of the same generation (the cult then takes on a countercultural value); 4. the group maintains enthusiasm for the cult text; 5. the concrete manifestation of this relationship is expressed in the practice of rituals. ”32 This involves making “low culture” sufficiently distinctive to put in place the elements of a structural opposition between certain categories of audience. But unlike those “enlightened” individuals whose degree of familiarity with mainstream culture authorizes the wisest knowledge and recognition of legitimate texts, devotees of cult texts practice a form of false cultural allodoxy.

It functions as a unifier that produces groups and communities of spectators; 3. these groups are most often limited to audiences of a “happy few” but can also unite members of the same generation (the cult then takes on a countercultural value); 4. the group maintains enthusiasm for the cult text; 5. the concrete manifestation of this relationship is expressed in the practice of rituals. ”32 This involves making “low culture” sufficiently distinctive to put in place the elements of a structural opposition between certain categories of audience.

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