Postmodernism in US Television Show Lost Essay

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Postmodernism can be defined as a rejection of the idea that there are certain unequivocal truths or grand narratives (such as capitalism, faith or science) and as a belief that there are multiple ways of understanding anything, whether it be it culture, philosophy, art, literature, films, etc, or even television... Television reflects the mass-produced society we live in and certain shows exhibit many of the archetypes of postmodernism that have become prevalent in other art forms. Postmodernism can be useful for understanding contemporary television it can help us to relate to the ever-changing world we live in. Television shows like ABC’s Lost (ABC, 2004-2010) dabble in matters of intertextuality, questioning of grand narratives and, …show more content…
For example, the characters Boone and Claire are paired and in the show they represent the juxtaposing idea of life and death going hand-in-hand—in the show, Claire gives birth to her son just as Boone dies.

The technical codes used in the advert help to establish the extent of the programme’s generic hybridity. There is not a single long-shot camera angle throughout the piece; instead the trailer is made up of various medium shots and medium close-ups of the various characters. This is effective in telling the audience that Lost is very much positioned within the drama genre; that its primary focus is on its characters and their experiences as they interact as strangers, rather than on the island and its various mysteries. However, the advert is also effective as it is intentionally ambiguous with eerie use of non-diagetic sound. The background music, chosen to create part of the atmosphere of the piece and emphasize the mysterious and supernatural nature of the show is almost sinister; this peculiar tone that the music promotes is used to set the tone of the show, to tell the viewer without words that the show though set on an aesthetically pleasing stage, is not going to be a jovial piece.
The mise-en-scène features one of the few plot fragments that the piece gives its audience; the still-burning wreckage of a plane crash strewn across a beach whirring in its death throes. From the background environment in the

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