Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Media, Film and Journalism Studies

First Advisor

Rodney Buxton

Keywords

cinematography, Friday Night Lights, mise-en-scene, rural, semiotics, Small Town America

Abstract

Author: Heather K. Smith

Title: Small Town America Under the “Lights:” Contemporary Images of Rural America in the Series Friday Night Lights

Advisor: Rodney Buxton

Degree Date: August 2015

ABSTRACT

What is Small Town America? The answer to this varies based on a person’s experiences. This is not always from real-world exposure, but often vicariously through television. For some, television is the only opportunity to create a perception for such areas. For others, television could reinforce or sway their perceptions of Small Town America. Therefore, a comprehension of the identity for Small Town America broadcasted through the small screen is important. This research utilized the theory of semiotics to analyze cinematography and mise-en-scene in the opening credits of Friday Night Lights to unearth the themes and overarching ideology for Small Town America conveyed by the series. A modern depiction of rural America that played on considered “traditional values” arose. Unexpectedly, the research also unveiled the inability for an “authentic” or cohesive identity for Small Town America, or any person, location or group for that matter, to exist.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Heather Smith

File size

166 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Mass communication

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