The O.C.: A Critical Understanding

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Communication and Media Studies Faculty Publications

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Bindig, Lori; Bergstrom, Andrea M.
Youth; Television Series; Hegemony; American Popular Culture; Broadcast and Video Studies; Critical and Cultural Studies; Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication; Television
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The O.C., A Critical Understanding, by Lori Bindig and Andrea M. Bergstrom, is a feminist cultural studies analysis of FOX’s hit teen television drama The O.C. (2003-2007). Episodes of The O.C. are analyzed as a set of media texts that blur the boundaries between hegemonic and counter-hegemonic content. This analysis utilizes ancillary media such as director commentary in conjunction with content in order to understand how ideological content, in regards to gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, is presented throughout the show. The O.C. is also examined in terms of audience analysis, auteur theory, aesthetics, and reality television spin-offs. Bindig and Bergstrom place The O.C. in a larger social context and explore the potential ramifications of popular media texts, as well as the series' cultural legacy which continues to resonate in media and culture.