Essay on The Media Of The Television Show Stranger Things

1817 Words Oct 24th, 2016 8 Pages
The media plays a major role in the day to day lives of people around the world in ways that aren’t even understood or that people are aware of sometimes. In the words of W. James Potter, author of Media Literacy, “we are constantly connected to the media either directly or indirectly” (Potter, 2014, p. 5). One of the more direct ways people engage with media is by watching television. In this paper specifically formulas of drama in the television show Stranger Things (“Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers,” Stranger Things, Netflix, July 15, 2016, 12:00 am) will be looked at and examined. Potter talks about how there is a “general entertainment story formula.” The story has to start with a conflict that the characters try and solve and by the end it has to be eradicated or not as big of a problem as it once was. Potter also has subgenres within the genre of drama. The one that Stranger Things falls into is that of action/horror. He gives a numerous amount of points that play into the formula for action/horror plots, but there are some specific ones that lend to the particular episode that was viewed. The general mold that is usually followed for this precise subgenre is that there always needs to be a sense of good versus evil and fast-paced action. This is what entices people to continue to consume the media and watch television. Television is seemingly meant to entertain the public. Michael Parenti, author of Make Believe Media The Politics of Entertainment, argues…

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