There is still an idealization of the nuclear family being represented in the media and that can be seen throughout the decades with shows such as; ‘The Brady Bunch’ (1970’s), ‘Family Ties’ (1980’s), and ‘7th Heaven’ (1990’s). The difference between the decades is that as the years progressed, the family bonds stayed in the shows but real life issues began to be discussed instead of being nonexistent.
The most important feature our group wanted to convey was how the individual’s portrayal began to change with the course of time as well. Fathers were no longer just seen as the working provider, mothers were not only seen as wives and homemakers, and children started behaving badly; shedding their good image in favor of situations more closely based in reality. The popularity of television over time has increased in great numbers and a prime reason could be the focus of television shows to gain a wider audience by broadening their viewpoint. People began to identify with characters on their favorite TV shows because they shared similar personality traits or life situations. It was no longer taboo to admit that you came from a single parent household because the media helped show that it wasn’t an isolated situation, it was happening to families everywhere and they were able to function afterward perfectly fine.
At the helm of all of this change was the government run agency the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This corporation was created to regulate what the public hears and sees in the media. Controlling what we see on TV, this group is able to say whether or not a show can be aired and it is able to place restrictions on shows they feel are getting out of hand. Society still plays a large role in how a show is received, but the FCC controls what can be seen. A popular show in current times, ‘Family Guy’, created a spoof directly toward the FCC because they were told to restrain themselves in their story lines. Their topics are often a little crazy but they are all in the sake of comedy. So, we leave you with this clip summarizing the current view on the FCC and their often silly restrictions of modern day shows. Because even though television has made progress with what is depicted, ridiculous restrictions can still be placed on topics that are based in real life.
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