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Further off the straight and narrow

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Alternate title:New gay visibility on television
Summary:Surveys network dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, and premium cable programming to show how [the depictions of GLBT characters] are often marked by ambivalence and tension. The film cautions that although GLBT characters and plotlines have become more prevalent and complex in recent years, the images and stories portrayed continue to be shaped by narrow commercial imperatives. The film argues that the evolution of GLBT representations should be seen less as an indication of big media's sudden commitment to social justice, or as a sign that the struggle for gay equality has been won, than as a recognition of GLBT consumers and gay taste by advertisers and media conglomerates. Sequel to Off the straight and narrow (c1998).
Description:Contents: Introduction -- Going mainstream : network narratives -- Mighty real : gays and lesbians in non-fiction TV -- A piece of the pie : segmenting audiences -- GLBT : new transgender visibility -- Here & queer : gay television in context.
Creator:Sender, Katherine
Contributor:Ellison, Renai
Buford, Howard
Gamson, Joshua, 1962-
Gross, Larry P., 1942-
Henderson, Lisa Helen
Walters, Suzanna Danuta
Provider:Media Education Foundation
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States
Place of origin – Region:Massachusetts
Place of origin – Settlement:Northampton
Topical subjects:Sexual minorities on television
Homosexuality on television
Bisexuality on television
Transgenderism on television
Genre:Documentary films
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Broadcasting, Communications
Films@UM Browse terms:TV, Film
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