TV Structure (Discussion)

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  1. Flow
    • Who originally articulated it? What does it mean when applied to TV?
  2. Polysemy
    • "poly-semy" = "many meanings"
    • We saw polysemy in action in our discussion of The Andy Griffith Show. What are some specific examples of polysemy from your own television viewing?
    • What does "structured polysemy" mean?
  3. Discourse
    • How does theorist John Fiske use the term?
    • What is an example of this, from your own television viewing?


  1. Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture (New York: Routledge, 2018).