Popular culture is the artistic and creative expression in entertainment and style that appeals to society as whole. It includes music, film, sports, painting, sculpture, and even photography. It can be diffused in many ways, but one of the most powerful and effective ways to address society is through film and television. Broadcasting, radio and television are the primary means by which information and entertainment are delivered to the public in virtually every nation around the world, and they have become a crucial instrument of modern social and political organization.
Most of today’s television programming genres are derived from earlier media such as stage, cinema and radio. In the area of comedy, sitcoms have proven the most durable and popular of American broadcasting genres. The sitcom’s success depends on the audience’s familiarity with the habitual characters and the situations to which they are exposed, such as life in the home, the workplace or some other common location.
In the film Pleasantville, pop culture, and specifically sitcoms, are criticize in a multiple level strategy. One level is what the story is about superficially, and the second level is the real message the film is trying to reveal to the viewer. In film terminology we could define Pleasantville as an allegory of how the faultlessness presented in sitcoms affect society’s view of what happiness and ideal situations should be.
The story in the movie Pleasantville begins when two 90’s teenagers, David and Jennifer are introduced in a mysterious way into David’s favorite show- Pleasantville. A town only possible in TV, Pleasantville is a place where everything is perfect because it’s nice all the time and everything stays the same. There is no sex, no books, no fires and no
troubles. Jennifer, now assuming the role of Mary Sue, is bored to death because she can’t understand how people can live in a black and white world where no q...