Recollection and Social Status
Orthodox television histories can often suggest the existence of a homogenous national audience. In the chapter, Brennan examines some of the differences that existed among Irish television viewers in terms of geography, gender and social class. He also explores a question about the nature of recollection. Different positions in society and varying paths through life do not just shape experience, they also affect how the past is recalled. Brennan demonstrates that people’s recollections in relation to television were related to their social position. The types of memory that people had and the confidence they had in their accounts were related to the proximity to centres of social and media power.
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