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Movie Screening: Class Dismissed – How TV Frames the Working Class – July 21

July 16, 2011

Based on the book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television’s beginnings to today’s sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows.

Featuring interviews with media analysts and cultural historians, this documentary examines the patterns inherent in TV’s disturbing depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants — stereotypical portrayals that reinforce the myth of meritocracy.

7 p.m. Thursday July 21

IATSE Labor Hall 

931 Bridge St NW 

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Donations are welcomed. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids IWW and The Bloom Collective.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 16, 2011 2:09 pm

    My friend Josh has been having an interesting discussion on this topic over at Dissent and ThinkProgress:

    Original post – http://www.dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=495
    Response – http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2011/07/14/269602/the-myths-and-challenges-of-making-working-class-television/
    Response to response – http://www.dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=499

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