III. Serialowo - Serialowe emancypacje

Monika Bokiniec

Abstrakt


Serialing

Televisual Emancipations
The article dwells upon the emancipatory potential of contemporary television, especially in the form of so called new generation of television series. The paper begins with the summary of classic criticisms directed against traditional television as expemplified in Theodor Adorno’s theory in order to illustrate the differences between traditional and contemporary television. The main objection against traditional TV forms was their anti-emancipatory direction. The next step is the characterization of so called new TV and the features of new-shows as well as explanation of the categories of discourse and emancipation. It is followed by the subjective survey of popular contemporary TV series in view of changes in representation of excluded or non-normative groups, which concludes with the claim that the predominant social world in neo-series is the “post-” world in which social, racial, gender etc. differences between people become irrelevant. The paper concludes with the question of whether this is a vision of emancipated and anticipated world or simply a strategy to neutralize and make invisible actual and real social and political conflicts.