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Title:'Dexter': gratuitous violence or the vicarious experience of justice? Perceptions of selected South African viewers
Authors:Tager, MicheleISNI
Matthee, Heidi
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Geographic term:South Africa
Afrikaans language
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02500167.2014.868366
Abstract:Audiences are increasingly presented with shows on television that challenge previously established boundaries of morality and propriety. The American series 'Dexter' is one such show. The character of 'Dexter' works for the police as a blood spatter analyst by day, and he hunts and kills serial killers by night, taking great pains when killing them to remind them how they tortured their victims and why they deserve to die. He exerts his own form of justice of the 'eye-for-an-eye' variety. 'A prime motivation behind audience reception studies has been that of making visible and validating the otherwise taken-for-granted, neglected or misunderstood experiences of ordinary people in relation to popular culture' (Livingstone et al., 2001). With this assertion in mind, the article explores how selected, white, Afrikaans-speaking viewers in Gauteng, relate to Dexter. Reception theory, with a specific focus on Carolyn Michelle's (2007) multi-dimensional model of modes of audience reception, was applied to the analysis of findings in this article. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]