Class Dismissed: How TV Frames The Working Class

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Class Dismissed: How TV Frames The Working Class

Time: December 8, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Maple Ridge Municipal Hall
Street: 11995 Haney Pl
City/Town: Maple Ridge, BC
Phone: 604 466-3144
Event Type: cinema, politica, maple, ridge/pitt, meadows, presentation
Organized By: Cinema Politica Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows
Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2011

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Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television’s beginnings to today’s sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows.

Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV’s disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants — stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy.

It is powerful documentary showing up the corporate agenda of consumerism and breaks important new ground in exploring the ways in which race and gender intersect with class.  This video also links television portrayals to negative cultural attitudes and public policies that directly affect the lives of working class people.

Special Guest: John Henry Harter, Labour Studies Instructor, Simon Fraser University and Teri Mitchell, from Street Ministries Community Supper, which serves hot meals, provides clothing and other comforts to those in need including the working poor in our community. 

Come for the film, stay for the discussion!

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Comment by Jocelyn Durston on December 8, 2011 at 10:45pm

Loved the discussion after tonight's film - so good! I arrive late every time because of my work schedule, but the post-film discussions are totally worth coming for, even if you miss half the film :) Looking forward to the next one!


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