Please post your discussion questions to Bettie below and use the following questions to guide your note-taking:
What does Bettie mean by the "longstanding, ideological representation of the US as a classless society" (126)? Why is this a problem for Bettie?
How do race and gender intersect with Bettie's understanding of working class?
What does Bettie mean by "unmarked" when she discusses the categories of whiteness and maleness (126)? Why does this matter to media studies?
What does she mean by "postindustrial labor" (126)? What changes in the organization of work does Bettie insist that we pay attention to (132-133)? Why is this relevant to media studies?
What does Bettie believe are the biases in class analysis?
How does Bettie view "responsibility" in the representation of working class themes (131)? What, for her, would count as "responsible" representation as you understand it?
What is the ideological functioning of rhetoric of "the family" in debates over class and wages? How do empirical realities complicate this ideology? Why does this matter (132-134)?
How does Bettie understand Roseanne Barr's claim that class is a cultural identity (134-135)?
What are the arguments that Roseanne makes about class and gender identity, or, how are class and gender performed on Roseanne? (135-136)? How does Bettie view these arguments/performances as enacting a cultural politics (137)? What do you think of this argument? Are there ways in which we can see shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" as also enacting a cultural politics that challenges dominant meanings?
How is class racialized, according to Bettie? How does she unpack Roseanne's phrase "poor white trash" (139-140)? What does she mean, in this context, by "unmarked," naturalized, visible and invisible?
How does Bettie address the question of polysemy on pages 141-142? What is at stake in the multiple meanings viewers can decode in Roseanne?
In your view, what are the possibilities and limitations of shows like Roseanne? What other shows might we analyze in the manner put forth by Bettie?