Cultural Anthropology through Netflix

A couple years back, my wife and I dropped Dish Network for Netflix.  Dish had hundreds of channels, but we only really watched about six or seven of them, and it was expensive.  Netflix was (especially then) a bargain by comparison.  But along with the entertainment value of Netflix, there is a cultural anthropological value as well.  Netflix has many older television shows available, and some of these shows can be quite valuable for understanding American culture and values, especially if you exercise some care in evaluating them. Obviously, you can't assume that every show from the 1950s and 1960s shows you the reality of American life.  At best, Ozzie and Harriet and Father Knows Best were highly idealized views of white American suburban life.  But other shows are, within the limits of what network practices allowed, attempts at realism.  The revival of Dragnet (1967-1970) may seem campy or even incomprehensible when watched by Americans under...(Read Full Article)

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