Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Quality vs. Quantity

Posted by lillieeastham on February 22, 2017

I thought the first essay about Subway and Jay Leno says something interesting about the motives of consumers vs. executives. While I have always known that TV networks are in it for the funny, the idea that they purposefully put a poorly done show on the air, knowing that the public would hate it, is astounding. But, this story once again shows the power of the consumer. Even though their experiment succeeded and they did make money, they were forced to take the show out of primetime due to public ridicule.

I thought the essay about ‘Fan Value’ also had a good point. Many things make a monetary profit, but very few movies and television shows make a real cultural impact. Initially, the monetary benefit is what the creators are seeking, but cultural impact can be more valuable over time. James Cameron is the director of the two highest grossing movies of all time, Avatar and Titanic. While Avatar made more money than Titanic, Titanic still starts conversations almost 20 years later. It’s hard for me to find someone who hasn’t seen it, even though the movie came out before I was born.

The same can be said for a movie like The Christmas Story. When it first came out, the movie didn’t do well at the theaters. However, through the years, it has become a Christmas classic. Many people tune in to watch it at least once during it’s 24 hour cycle on Christmas day. The movie also has tons of merchandise available to purchase during the holiday season and even the house used for it is now a museum dedicated to the film.


2 Responses to “Quality vs. Quantity”

  1. emilyjones232 said

    I think what the Chuck fans did was really interesting: how they saved their show with new means and caught the network’s attention.

  2. tommistowers said

    I love how you brought monetary profit to the blog! Quality vs Quantity was a perfect blog title. As you said for the Christmas Story as the time goes on it will become more of a classic. Although it may not be well known like the Titanic it will be more like Hocus Pocus or something that comes on once or a few times a year. Due to the holiday advertisement it will become known as the Christmas movie along with 25 other ones. Good Job!

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