Abstract and Keywords
This article views the popular television show 24 as a way to illustrate the transitions within the television industry and within the broader society, as the forces of technological change and globalization shape the people's notions of labor, notion, and gender. The discussion is primarily concerned with the way the frequently voiced perceptions of the show's quality and innovativeness can serve to cover its consumption from the soap opera. This article views 24 as a hybrid form, or a kind of convergence parable that combines the elements of reality television, the soap opera, and “quality” drama. It also studies how the series starts a re-masculinization of a serialized melodrama and reviews the question of “quality” television.
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