I have been taking a bit of a brain break from Postmodern Sitcom to reflect and decide the direction in which I want to take the podcast. Though I’ve focused on 80s sitcoms, because that’s what I know, I still think that all of the intergenerational discussions are valid. I want to help different generations understand each other, and I believe that I have the skills to tell the stories that, I hope, make a difference.
In reviewing some of my digital endeavors in the last year or two, I ran across this interview with my mom, Greta. The discussion reflects the realities of many people in her generation. I’m hopeful this dialogue will generate more conversations to help bridge generational gaps.
In this episode, Postmodern Sitcom looks at generations and the arts, especially how 80s TV shows exposed opera to Generation X. An interview with Metropolitan Opera Tenor Robert McPherson discusses how mainstream reality competition shows cloud the genre. Finally, we discuss how to keep the arts alive by encouraging audiences to experience live performances.
This episode of Postmodern Sitcom talks about stereotypes around ability in 1980s television sitcoms and how that content affects Generation X’s opinions today. Ability shows up more often than in television of the 1980s. However, it is still not enough. I share some data about ability and disability on current television shows, then my guest and I watch 80s hit show Facts of Life and talk about ways ability is portrayed. Of course, we get into Blair’s cousin Geri and her cerebral palsy. We also discuss other areas of ability and stereotypes that are not so obvious in 1980s television.
This episode of Postmodern Sitcom talks about sexuality stereotypes in 1980s television and how stereotypes affect Generation X’s opinions today. My guest, Ksenia, and I talk about sexuality by watching the 1980s television sitcom The Golden Girls. We have some real conversations about sexuality in situations women still face and how today’s younger generations address them. This isn’t a “bash men fest.” This is about how I, a Gen X’er, am still learning how to speak up when something doesn’t sit well or feel right. In this post “Me Too” reality, Ksenia helps me understand that it is increasingly more acceptable that women are standing their ground. Today’s women are more than 1980s television stereotypes.
This episode of Postmodern Sitcom talks about gender portrayed in 80s sitcoms and how stereotypes affect Generation X’s opinions today. As I mentioned in this post the other day, today’s younger generations are more gender non-conformist than ever before. My guest, Siege, and I talk about gender by watching Punky Brewster, and I learn a lot about how Millennials and younger are changing how the world views gender. Siege’s mindset and the frank conversation opened my eyes. I hope this opens yours too.
This episode of Postmodern Sitcom talks about race portrayed in 80s sitcoms and how content affects Generation X’s judgments and opinions today. I was nervous to discuss race. Talking to my guest Jill, a millennial of color, opened a wonderful discussion on this topic. We watched Gimme a Break, then talked about it. The dialogue helped me understand a few things about myself, and I hope you learn something too.
This episode of Postmodern Sitcom looks at how age was portrayed in 80s sitcoms and how that content affected Generation X’s judgments and opinions as adults today. Listen to the conversation I have with Rachelle, a millennial, who watches GrowingPains and then helps me figure out how we can communicate better between generations.
Generation X asks, “Why is our reality so far off from the situations we saw on sitcoms growing up?” How come families didn’t end up like the Seavers? Why aren’t males and females treated equally like Punky Brewster was? Where is my racecar bed like Ricky Stratton’s? Cultivation Theory has something to do with Gen X’s thinking. This podcast looks at helping Gen X understand why they think the way they do, while providing other generations some insight. The goal is to achieve a better understanding and a bridge over intergenerational communication gaps.