Date of Award
Media, Film and Journalism Studies
Rodney Buxton, Ph.D.
Cinematography, Friday Night Lights, Mise-En-Scene, Rural, Semiotics, Small Town America
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.
Smith, Heather K., "Small Town America Under the “Lights:” Contemporary Images of Rural America in the Series Friday Night Lights" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1049.
Received from ProQuest
Heather K. Smith