ACADEMIC

PhD Thesis:

POST-TELEVISION ERA IN TURKEY: AN ANALYSIS OF LOCAL TV SERIES GENRES BY STREAMING SERVICES

Abstract

Inspired by the fragmentation of audience in Turkey, the thesis analyses the genres of local TV series produced by streaming services in order to discover their differences from traditional television series, and concludes that some specific drama genres like crime or fantasy dramas which are excluded by Turkish television channels lately are primarily preferred to attract the audience who abandoned broadcast television. In addition, all six of the series studied as cases share a common pessimism in social context which is created by representing the evil as omnipotent and all members of the society as more or less victims, as well as depicting the status quo as unchangeable, and limiting the freedom of individuals with their own body. As a result, what they offer is again conservative, despite being freed from the constraints of traditional television. On the other hand, they can be criticized for normalizing dysfunctional legal system and neutralizing the prospect for improvement. Finally, the thesis argues that in the recent era, while television is changing its shell, streaming services fulfill the demand on diverse content by offering series in different genres, however, their narratives that are promoted as new, cannot go beyond reproducing already existing ones.

Yıldırım, N. (2020) Post-Television Era in Turkey: An Analysis of Local TV-Series Genres by Streaming Services (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Bahcesehir University: Istanbul, Turkey

Available at: https://tez.yok.gov.tr/UlusalTezMerkezi/


Research Articles:

TRANSFORMATION OF COMEDY WITH STREAMING SERVICES: THE CASE OF BARTU BEN

Abstract

Comedy has always been one of the most popular genres in Turkish cinema and television series. As the distinction between film and series has begun to blur in the post-television era, narratives are transforming according to the characteristics of the new medium. Streaming services targeting niche audience offer more freedom to creators of their content. This article aims to study the comedy series Bartu Ben (Its me, Bartu) which is one of the original series of Turkish streaming service Blu TV, in order to interpret the differences of the series from traditional television comedies, and contribution of streaming services to the transformation of the genre.

Yıldırım, N. (2020) Transformation of Comedy with Streaming Services: The Case of Bartu Ben, Cinej Cinema Journal, Volume 8.2

Available at: https://cinej.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/cinej


WINNERS OF THE CATASTROPHE: HOW STREAMING SERVICES PROVED THEIR SOVEREIGNTY DURING THE PANDEMIC OF 21ST CENTURY?

Abstract

In the first decade of the 21st century, the way of consumption of films and television shows has begun to change with the launch of streaming services, firstly Amazon Prime Video, followed by Hulu and Netflix soon after. Introduction of tablet computers in 2010 had also contributed to the popularity of streaming services that allow individual use of their customizable archives. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world in the beginning of 2020, public spaces were abandoned throughout the world which also impacted the cinema industry. The release dates of already made films had to be delayed, and new projects were canceled despite causing huge loses for production companies. On the other hand, as the people had to amuse themselves in their houses for months, the value of the corporate audiovisual content that brings the outside to inside unsurprisingly increased. Audience who did not intend to pay for streaming services until this year had to change their minds. It was announced that Netflix Company, the leader of the industry, had doubled its net profit even in the first quarter of the year due to lockdown. Even rearrangements had to be made to reduce the bandwidth due to heavy traffic created by its subscribers. Before the unpredictable pandemic, streaming services were assumed to be threats for cinema and television industry. And in the post-pandemic era it can be claimed that, these services which took the advantage of their medium, will continue to be the advantageous members of the entertainment industry. In this article, we will discuss the pandemic effect on the rise of global streaming platforms. We will also take Turkey as a specific case to make visible not only the sovereignty of these platforms but also the competitive analysis in local and global streaming services in pandemic Covid 19.

Yıldırım, N. & Ulusoy, N. (2021) Winners of the Catastrophe: How Streaming Services Proved Their Sovereignty During the Pandemic of 21st Century? in New Communication in the Post-Pandemic Era: Media, Education, and Information, H. K. Suher, T. Tetik & D. Denizel (Eds.) Berlin: Peter Lang