ACADEMIC RESEARCH

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Yıldırım, N. (2020) Post-Television Era in Turkey: An Analysis of Local TV-Series Genres by Streaming Services (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Bahcesehir University: Istanbul, Turkey

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Research Articles:

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

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