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The ‘Texture’ of Television

After a week of reading and discussing Marshall McLuhan I got to thinking about the possible ‘physical’ texture of certain television shows. Having dreamed about “The Andy Griffith Show”—I woke up this morning considering its ‘texture.’ I’ve conferred a rough feeling texture to Andy Griffith—something consisting of a loose, coarse weave– like sackcloth.  Then I considered other programs and their potential ‘textures.’ Here are a few of my ideas:
“Three’s Company”: Something liquid-based—yet light—perhaps like yogurt or mousse…

Certain daytime talk shows, i.e. “Oprah”or ‘The View”:  Soft, warm to the touch, partly solid yet forgiving like fresh-baked bread…

Most news programs, cable news channels: pointy, loose–comprised of individual pieces—like jacks.
“Seinfeld”:  Smooth—like the cool smooth of silk…

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”: Like putting one’s hand in a bag of Easter basket grass–fine, ticklish, loose–giving one the urge to grab handfuls…
“American Idol”:  Another texture composed of loose ‘parts’; not as solid or pointy as the jacks of TV news—more like pebbles or maybe marbles…

“The Dick van Dyke Show”: Smooth and solid—like finely polished rock or a piece of freshly waxed furniture

“The Carol Burnett Show”:  Another texture comprised of many parts—yet substantial, like putting one’s hand in a bag of children’s blocks or puzzle pieces…

Any other suggestions concerning the ‘texture’ of television programs?


About ageer370

I'm in my final semester as a grad student of media studies, I'm also 'Mom' to my 15-year-old autistic son. My interests are film history--its analysis and criticism; the art of rhetoric as well as cultural history from about the Edwardian period to the present.


5 thoughts on “The ‘Texture’ of Television

  1. Well I tend to agree with you even thought i have never thought of it that way but it is so true. I agree with the talk shows giving a warm feeling. I think most soap operas give you a warm fuzzy feeling like the touch of a soft romantic rose. I don’t know might be cheesie but I definitly see where you are coming from.


    Posted by Melissa Shores | September 20, 2008, 3:22 pm
  2. This topic of texture and T.V. shows is an interesting one. But yes the texture of these different types of brain stimulating visual media i think could also be tied into the period of the last many years it was created. Lately in my personal opinion i think the texture these days is wilder and more spread out then back in the day, i.e. “The Andy Griffith Show”. I tend to like the smoother and more continues feel of the more aged show. I guess that’s what i got for ya! Until Later…

    Posted by Jason S. | September 21, 2008, 3:55 pm
  3. wow!

    Thats a interesting way to think of those shows. Very deep. I understand your logic. Yes Andy Griffith is durable and dependable and down to earth. I agree on most of them. I think some shows like the new ones the reality shows are like a thick smog hard to escape from.

    Posted by Penny | September 21, 2008, 11:39 pm
  4. Yes I understand where you are comming from, Like Saford and Son its like being in a Big bubble that you just can not get popped out of. Same with the Golden Girls to:) very well put!

    Posted by Sara | September 22, 2008, 12:47 am
  5. The concept of assigning textures to tv shows is an interesting one. On first read, I wasn’t sure I agreed with your Andy Griffith assessment. I felt he was more dependable and trustworthy than the words “rough feeling” generated for me then I realized that is what sackcloth is. I agree on Oprah and the baked bread. That’s a good way of describing her show. I’m not sure that it fits “The View” which seems to be developing into something a bit more unstable than a feeling of baked bread. Let’s see . . . maybe a rock that partly smooth with some rough surface areas. I loved the Carol Burnet Show being blocks or puzzle piece that fit together.

    Posted by Pam | October 20, 2008, 3:46 pm

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