This chapter looks at three areas of work in popular culture in 2012, all of which examine the interaction between popular cultural texts and the societies in which they are produced and consumed. The chapter is divided into three sections: 1: Television: Legitimation and the Classics; 2: Television: Legitimation and Subversion; 3: Film: History and Heritage. The first section follows up a long-standing debate about the cultural status of TV programmes, discussing work on 'classic' TV texts and the legitimizing frameworks that allow viewers and critics to make judgements about programme quality. The second section examines satire in popular culture, and duiscusses texts which self-reflexively satirize news and current affairs programmes and popular TV genres. The third section looks at the intersection between popular film and history, looking at social histories of film as well as films that use historical narratives and subjects.
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