Cheers to Public Arenas

When reading about Cheers, I was happy that there was a show where the focus was solely on the dialogue so that people had no choice but to listen to what was being said. Whether the topic of the day would be about politics, homosexuality, or even about socioeconomic status. One thing I did notice that wasn’t a part of this public sphere however was the inclusion of minorities. Without the inclusion of minorities I don’t feel that it was a true ideological public space. Yes we do get many different ideas and opinions from the characters that are represented within the show, but what about the opinion of those who aren’t represented? Their opinion and presence within the public space are just as important as those who have already been taken into consideration. I feel like they should have recognized this or even made this one of the topics that they could have discussed in their public sphere, but I guess this also meant this was the beginning of public spaces. This was a step, but there is still much the public space needs to achieve from that moment on.

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3 Responses to Cheers to Public Arenas

  1. marymdalton says:

    Would love to know who made this post…

  2. mediaphiles says:

    When talking about ideal public spheres on sitcoms I didn’t think about the importance of dialogue, which is a great point! The concept of the public sphere is important to incorporate multiple topics like politics, religion, and gender. Yet, I think you’re right in Cheers not utilizing this public sphere enough. The show absolutely lacked minority representation. I don’t watch many sitcoms but I would be interested to know if there are any current sitcoms that have an ideal public sphere that includes minorities as well.
    -Sarah Teegarden

  3. mediaphiles says:

    This is an interesting post, and I agree with your point. Unlike the ideal sphere models in the real world, I think it is hard for a sitcom to deal with the problem of lacked inclusion of minorities due to its time limit.
    -Yutian Zhang

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