The Future

Brett Mills

in The Sitcom

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748637515
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671229 | DOI:
The Future

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This chapter offers predictions for the future of sitcom, especially as it is a genre whose ‘death’ is repeatedly signalled by broadcasters and critics. It outlines newer forms of comedy that draw on contemporary technologies, such as web broadcasting. It also explores more recent developments in sitcom aesthetics and conventions, to examine what impact these may have. The chapter argues that sitcom's death has been prematurely predicted, particularly because the social roles of comedy and television remain undimmed, and the genre is one that productively draws on these.

Keywords: Online Broadcasting; New Media; Technology

Chapter.  10012 words. 

Subjects: Television

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