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Medical Dramas. Amanda Steffens. Thesis. Ultimately medical dramas are so popular because they keep the viewers interested by somewhat incorporating controversial issues into the episodes but never solve or take a position on the issue. Goals.

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Medical dramas

Medical Dramas

Amanda Steffens


Thesis
Thesis

  • Ultimately medical dramas are so popular because they keep the viewers interested by somewhat incorporating controversial issues into the episodes but never solve or take a position on the issue.


Goals
Goals

  • Why do medical dramas distract viewers from cultural issues they hint at?

  • How are medical dramas able to do this?

  • Why do viewers find medical dramas so appealing?


Why do medical dramas distract viewers from issues
Why do medical dramas distract viewers from issues?

  • Controversy leads to more ratings

    • Not too much controversy

  • Corporations

  • Shows that address political forces behind medicine

    • Medical Story (1975)


  • How are medical dramas able to do this
    How are medical dramas able to do this?

    • Distract viewers

      • Images of medical visuals

      • Ethical dilemmas

      • State of the art technology

      • Focus on doctor/medical staff’s interactions

      • Incorporate touchy issues


    Why are medical dramas so appealing
    Why are medical dramas so appealing?

    • Medicine always mentioned in the news—dramas give a more concrete image

    • Create a more perfect world

      • Show how health care should be delivered

      • Typically save all patient’s lives: drug and technology

    • Confusing situations keep the viewer interested


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