Quality programming in the media

This unit’s chapter discussed concerns about quality programming in the media. Different models for assessing culture were discussed:
1) Culture as a Skyscraper Model and 2) Culture as a Map.

Come up with several television shows that serve as examples of “quality” programs and “trashy” programs. What characteristics determine their quality (plots, subject matter, themes, characters…)?

Is there anything you can think of that is “universally trashy”? Or universally in good taste?

On the whole, are Americans seen as having good taste? Why or why not? Is there a country/culture that always seems tasteful in its cultural products?

Which model (Culture as Skyscraper or Culture as Map) makes more sense to you and why?

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