Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Soap Operas or Sleep Operas?

Posted by laurenivey22 on March 2, 2017

The main topic that stood out to me in part 3 of Spreadable Media was how TV producers have to keep the audience entertained, engaged, and happy. One of the main focuses in the chapter and in class, was soap operas. Soap operas have been around for a pretty long time and for the most part have been rather popular. However, their painfully long storylines are costing them their profit. Media is shifting to more advanced technological eras such as Netflix and Hulu where you can watch the shows you want at your convienence and are able to pause, rewind, and fastforward. Soap Operas drag on their storyline for many episodes and sometimes even seasons. People do not like to have to wait an entire week for another episode to come out everytime they watch. They get anxious and annoyed, causing them to stop watching the soap operas all together. Audiences know that they no longer have to deal with that with things such as Netflix and Hulu, which in conclusion is causes the cancellations of many soap operas and a major loss in profit.


5 Responses to “Soap Operas or Sleep Operas?”

  1. marylennoxhalf said

    I completely agree about the long story lines in soap operas. Netflix and Hulu make it easier to keep up with the plots as well as allowing you to pause, rewind, and fast forward.

  2. emilychildress329 said

    I completely agree with this. When I was younger my mother would watch soap operas and wait around each week to find out what would happen, but in all honesty you wouldn’t find out and they would just drag the same problem over multiple shows. I would much rather watch Netflix or Hulu where I can binge watch the episodes straight through.

  3. faythleighann said

    I agree that they have been popular back when people had time and were heavily invested in these shows. However, now we are so busy and frankly just don’t want to keep ups with the same topic for an entire season, so they are being cancelled. It’s all about the relevance to our culture.

  4. You make a good point on how soap operas are losing profit due to their prolonged story lines; as a result, of the technological advancments of Netflix and Hulu. Soap Operas on Netflix or Hulu I am sure would reap less ratings and views.

  5. cameronbrooks3 said

    I totally agree with you. It’s like every time I go to my grandmas house I see her watching her soaps and I can never spend time with her because I just get so bored and go to the other room. They’re so many soap operas its hard to keep up with them, and that is one reason how they losing money and popularity.

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