Representations of Moral Bankruptcy on Television (ASA 2013 panel)

full name / name of organization: 
Amy Parziale, University of Arizona

This is a proposed panel for the 2013 American Studies Association annual meeting in Washington D.C. (November 21-24 at the Hilton Washington DC). Papers on this panel would look at the representation of morals and ethics on television, particularly the draw of immoral and corrupt characters. Some of the questions papers on this panel could consider are: Are "guilty pleasures" simply a waste of time, or can they be related to our ethics? How is the consumption of such programs related to ethical considerations? Are we simply passive witnesses, or is there something more at stake? What relationships are there between reality television and other programming? Recent television shows such as Dexter, Mad Men, Archer, South Park, The Simpsons, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Weeds, as well as past programming, reality television, sports programming, and news shows are possible topics.

Please email a 200-word abstract and a 50-word biography to Amy Parziale ( by *January 25th* for consideration. Thank you!