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Visual Culture: Television

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Visual Culture: Television
The Goonies

The One Where Rosita Dies
Chandler's chair, Rosita, is broken by his friends, and hilarity ensues to fix it.
The Theory in Question
The theory proposed with regards to Television in
Visual Culture
is that Television portrays reality not as it is, but rather what we wish it would be.
Missing something, Goonies?
The theory of augmented reality, romanicsim instead of realism, can be applied to film as well. Think of the
Goonies
, and prepare to have your childhoods ruined.

1- Think about Sloth, the now grown adult whose life has been spent chained up in a basement.

2- Think about the goonies themselves, is anyone going to have trauma from having been hunted down by a family of murderers?

3- The theory here goes as such: the reality we wish we had is one where the bad guys lose, where the tortured souls get the equality they deserve, and where at the end of the day, your family doesn't have to move because the mortgage has been paid.
How this works...
The Goonies
was an 80's masterpiece
For those of you who DON'T know, it is the story of a ragtag group of friends and neighbors whose properties are all being foreclosed upon. They hunt for treasure, find it, and save their homes.
"Rose-tinted Glasses" (Howells, 252).
The television lens we are subject to paints a picture of six friends living in New York City. New York is exciting and alive, and the only thing in the world the gang has to deal with is fixing the broken chair.

Aspects we see and relate to are the apartment, the friendships, the day to day issues they go through.

Aspects we don't see are the cost of living in New York City for underemployed actor Joey, or the psycho-social effects of becoming a single mom on Rachael.

As a result of the repetition of familiuar situations, characters, and environments; a combination of what audiences are shown alongside what isn't shown, a distorted sense of reality is portrayed- more idealistic than realistic.
Other Mediums
Photography, literature, traditional art (paintings) aren't effected by this.
Their focus on the recreation or imitation of life is not affected by this. This is an issue exclusive to television and to an extent film.
Further examples
Finding Nemo (2003)
- Despite having been kidnapped, the end of the movie leaves Nemo as a much more well rounded character, happy and back with his single father.

The Simpsons (1989-present)
- Despite the antics of any individual episode, for instance the movie in which Homer practically destroys Springfield, each episode ends back at home, safe, with whatever consequences fading into obscurity.
Dan Harmon
Television writer of such
shows as
Rick and Morty
,
and
Community
speaks
frequently about story
circles that he and many
other television writers use to succeed.
Works Cited
The Goonies. Dir. Richard Donner. Warner Bros. 1985. Film.

"Finding Nemo."
IMDb.com
. IMDb. Web. 4 October, 2015.

"The One Where Rosita Dies." Friends. NBC. 1 February, 2001. Television.

"The Simpsons."
IMDb.Com
. IMDb. Web. 4 October, 2015.

Howells, Richard, and Joaquim Negreiros. "Television." Visual Culture. 2nd ed. Cambridge, Polity, 2012. 237-262. Print.

Raferty, Brian. How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community. Wired.com. N.p. 22 September, 2015. Web. 30 September, 2015.

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