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Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture$
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Sheila Whiteley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748628087

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748628087.001.0001

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Christmas and the Media

Christmas and the Media

(p.149) Chapter 9 Christmas and the Media
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

Tara Brabazon

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the costs of terrorism and war on Christmas media through case studies of The Office, The Catherine Tate Show, and Doctor Who. It concentrates on light entertainment, exploring the remaking of ‘the special’ for the twenty-first century. The Office, The Catherine Tate Show, and Doctor Who provide a more subtle interpretation of (under)employment and power distribution in this era than most daily newspapers. Within these three programmes, Christmas was a hub of challenge and an opportunity to unravel assumptions about the confluence of tradition, family, and television. All these episodes confirm that there can never be a happy ending — or even a happy day — without consequences. Christmas in/and the media provides a warm and comfortable place to deny and displace pain, discomfort, or problems while hoping for a different and better future life.

Keywords:   media, Christmas, terrorism, war, The Office, tradition, Doctor Who, light entertainment

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