TELEVISION DRAMA AND THE CRITIQUE OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.0 Background to the Study

Television drama is considered as a viable medium of entertainment, especially within the family and social circle. It is regarded as a means of communicating various societal values and norms. Brown (1994:173) refers to the entertainment that Television drama offers as active and re-active pleasure; referring to the fact that Television drama possesses inherent action and corresponding reaction from viewers. To a large extent, Televisiondrama does not only provide entertainment to its teeming viewers,it goes beyond mere entertainment; it plays a vital role in addressing development issues in society. Television drama touches on various aspects of human endeavours such as politics, ethnicity, religion, economy and science fiction. Apparently, people learn about their societies through what they watch from television, which makes Television drama relevant and more meaningful in addressing issues of social concerns.

1.1 Statement of the Research Problem

Television drama over the years, especially in Nigeria, is seen from the purview of entertainment. Although this assertion is true to a large extent, scholars believe that the mindset around this notion tends to limit the essence of Television drama. However, some others are of the view that TV drama has potentials to engender social development. This seems to be the ongoing debate and it appears to be obvious that the stakeholders are mainly focusing on 11 Television drama as entertainment. It is therefore, necessary to highlight the social development missions of Television Drama using the selected serials of Superstor.

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