By: Bradley Sawyer
This week I was looking forward to learning more about popular sitcoms from the 1980s. I actually watched The Cosby Show and Roseanne a bit growing up. Out of the shows we encountered this week, I spent the least amount of time watching Cheers. With that being said, I enjoyed this show the most. More importantly, the idea of the public sphere was interesting and I really connected with how it was represented in Cheers. While Cheers (the bar) had its strengths and weaknesses, I think it had a lot to say about this concept of the public sphere. The show did a great job depicting a place where all are welcome to join in the conversation. Before reading the chapter on Cheers, I never gave much thought to the ideal public sphere. After reading the chapter and watching the episode, I can see myself watching more of this show. Ultimately, the ideal public sphere is a space for discussion where individuals can talk about issues openly and hopefully the conversation will lead to acceptance regarding the topic of discussion.