Tv Autobiography

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Analysing TV: Fictions and Entertainments – Television Autobiography I am aware that one of the main themes of this course is critical self-reflection about TV watching; considering my own relationship with TV viewing and how it has changed over time as well as what my attitudes towards TV are, I can think about what they say about the kind of person I am. However, I think it would be useful to point out that I am not a media student and that this course is an elective module for my Sociology Degree. Also, I am a relatively ‘new’ British TV viewer as I lived in Greece my whole life and only came to the UK last year. My early memories of watching TV are very much embedded within me. Ever since I can remember, there was always some sort of programme I followed, starting from cartoon series such as ‘Pokemon’ to more adult-oriented TV programmes such as ‘Friends’, ‘Prison Break’ and ‘24’. However, as I grew up in Greece, I was limited to the TV Greece provides, which in my opinion, is very limited. Nevertheless, without fail, every single Saturday and Sunday, my brother and I used to watch TV from around 3pm-7pm, keeping up with our weekly TV programme viewing. In addition, I remember that every day after school in the junior school I would come home to watch 3 Brazilian dubbed (to Greek) TV soap operas back to back: it was ‘Esmeralda’, ‘Rosalinta’ and ‘Paola’. My family as a whole barely affected my TV watching. The one that had a huge effect on it however was, and continues to be, my brother. My parents never disapproved of TV watching though if we spent hours during the day watching TV they would tell us to stop and do something more productive with our day. However, my mother used to encourage me to watch Greek TV shows because she felt it would improve my Greek as the school we were attending at the time was purely English. At times my parents would disapprove of us watching reality shows as well as talent shows but they never forbid us from watching what we wanted to watch. My brother steered me towards particular genres, not so much channels (as Greek TV does not have specific genres that correspond to particular channels) and away from others in the past until now. He definitely steered me away from the Brazilian soaps I used to watch as a child, convincing me they were completely fake and shallow. So I began to watch everything he watched – it all started from me, being the little sister, wanting to be more and more like him. Therefore I watched a wide variety of fighting movies on TV including Van Damme films and the Bruce Lee movie. I shifted from watching ‘My Little Pony’ to ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Dragon Ball’; I basically began to watch boy aimed TV. I think, up until today, this attitude remains; I have realised through my girl friends. The majority of them would never be up for watching a fighting or hard action film or TV series whereas I am always eager to do so. But also, living in the UK for 2 years has gotten me into all the TV programmes here; shows such as ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’, the ‘X Factor’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here’ etc. My ways of watching TV varied when I was young because I watched TV on multiple occasions: alone, with my family and with my friends. These circumstances varied according to both the type of programme that was on but also the time of day it was broadcast; on a daily basis we would all watch the news together as a family – even though my brother and I would desperately attempt to change the channel. With friends I would most likely be watching some sort of live TV show or the weekly soaps and on my own would be a combination of everything really- depending on my mood as I was in charge of the remote control. There was a period in my life where I watched very little TV and that was at University last year as I lived in student dorms where we did not have access to a TV. In general though, within my household in Brighton this year I always watch TV with my...
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