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Seinfeld Presentation and Analysis

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Transcript of Seinfeld Presentation and Analysis

By Jacob, Irab, Kevin Seinfeld Introduction Video Clips Seinfeld, a show about nothing, follows around Jerry, the main character along with three of his closest friends George, Elaine and Kramer while living everyday life and encounter everyday situations/problems. The premise of this sitcom is Jerry and his friends living like everyone else in society, discussing all types of situations going on that most people in real life can relate to. Many different problems arise in the nine seasons of show that real people can not only relate to but understand as well which gives it a bigger audience. As one of the episodes describes it perfectly when George was pitching an idea to NBC for a show, nothing happens in the show as they simply eat, sleep and work along with everybody else just like Seinfeld. The simple fact that the main characters trying to accomplish daily tasks in struggle makes it interesting and in many cases very engaging for the viewers and adds to the shows outstanding humor in the little things that do. The show explores the challenges and misfortune of four friends living in New York City together as they seem to encounter trial and trouble in nearly everything they do. There's something about each Seinfeld character that audiences relate to - Jerry's constant surprise at the events of the day, Elaine's bad jobs, George's fiancé (that he doesn't really like) and Kramer's ability to latch onto an idea and take it to the most absurd and hilarious conclusion. Many episodes were based off of the real experiences of both Jerry and Larry David, the show’s co-creator. Watching other peoples misfortune on Seinfeld makes us as a society feel better in knowing that we are not the only ones with struggles even though it’s just a show, many of the situations are very real and very relatable. Context and Description The target audience for Seinfeld are people between the ages of 20-50 though many adolescents also love the show but for its humor because it isn’t that relatable for them. Many of the episodes deal with situations that the target audience relates to and can understand. Even if the situations for the audience are different, they can recall an event that may have happened to them similarly. Many episodes deal with family and work issues which target audience can understand as they are also the ones working and is something t that the youth wouldn’t people able to understand because they haven’t experienced it yet. The show appeals to its audience by posing questions and sometimes answers questions on social etiquette, health, race, sex etc. Even though jokes are made and humor is presented through these situations, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they deal and discuss real issues that the target audience may wonder and are curious about. Audience Values and Norms Often referred to as “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld is a TV series that is easily relatable to the lives of many adults. It incorporates life’s very own everyday irony and misfortune as a hilarious representation of what almost every average person seems to constantly face throughout the stages of adulthood. One of the main social ideals that Seinfeld reinforces is that it is socially acceptable to have moments in your life without constant success as an adult. The characters on the show were constantly in a state of arrested development, where their careers and love lives never actually advanced to permanent success or stability. Seinfeld did a terrific job throughout its nine seasons to portray the average human life quite accurately although at some points, it appeared as if the main characters on the show were never going to succeed in the things that they were aiming to accomplish. The characters that weren’t deemed as “unsuccessful” didn’t necessarily carryout lives of significant feats and accomplishments, but yet appeared to go through many stages of plateaus in their personal lives. Values and Norms Targeted towards people between the ages of roughly 20-50, Seinfeld reaches out to its audience by mirroring society and reinforcing its common norms and representations. By mirroring society and creating a show that relates to a majority of people’s lives in one way or another, Seinfeld presents itself to viewers as a show that simulates the beliefs and representations of a multicultural world and not only focuses on the beliefs of one specific group but focuses on the uprising diversity that 90s were facing at the time. Although the show spreads to a large variety of ethnicities, a large contribution to this is Jerry’s cultural background. With Jerry being Jewish, his conventional qualities establish the notion that traditional cultural, social and ethnic categories that were once prominent in America were no longer valid by the 1990s. The power dynamics between the producers and the consumers gives the consumer a sense of power in understanding the jokes and subtle messages they are presented with. This power dynamic relation goes both ways because it also up to the producers of the show to recognize what their audience enjoys and how they intend on getting their ideas to their consumer. Values and Norms Seinfeld addresses many stereotypes such as racial, cultural and elderly stereotypes. Although some saw this as controversial, Seinfeld never crossed the line and used this comedic effect in any malicious ways. The use of these stereotypes was strictly to provide its audience with a good laugh. These stereotypes were in fact a large reason as why the show became so relatable to its modern society at the time. By reaching out to its audience and focusing on everyday societal problems, the creators of Seinfeld define their representation of success and happiness in an unbiased way by taking real life situations and applying them to the characters’ lives. By doing this, the audience feels slightly better about their misfortunes due to the way these same problems were handled amongst these characters. Throughout the show’s nine seasons on air, the characters of Seinfeld may have accomplished small successions within the episodes but it appears as if these characters always had new problems to face and were always being bombarded with difficult challenges. Without each other, these four main characters, (Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine) would most likely not find the happiness they have within their friendship, and this social representation of the meaning of friendship and love would not be so heavily extended to its viewers. Societal Impacts Seinfeld, a show about nothing used the four main characters’ quirks and imperfections to make them relatable to the show’s target audience of single males and females, aged 20-50. The show’s revolutionary content consisted of the characters completing daily tasks with a level of absurdity, providing entertainment and connecting to its audience. Generally, Seinfeld episodes revolved around any number of conflicts that occurred during a regular, every day task. The way that the characters handle the conflicts on this show is extremely comedic and ridiculous. By broadcasting and thus popularizing general daily activities, Seinfeld reinforced, rejected and established cultural norms in society. It did this by evaluating how humor was used to manage social situations, and by providing analysis of specific examples of social norms that the show affirmed or created. There was significant impact on the target audience of Seinfeld’s values because they related and envied the way that the characters handled awkward situations. By establishing these questions, Seinfeld not only showed that confusing moments happen in life, but that it is normal for people to go through such problems. However, by portraying these issues on a sitcom with an abundance of humor, they were viewed as less of a “problem”. This meant that the audience of Seinfeld could feel confident about themselves in awkward situations, and situations that they encountering for the first time because situations like these have most likely been portrayed on Seinfeld. Because of this, Seinfeld has had a positive impact on its viewers, making their everyday lives less stressful and easier to deal with. Enjoy!
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