The West Wing
Technology is growing fast, as is the new generations branching off with new forms of media and devices that provide us with the news. News and politics have had difficulty when informing its public and community of the events that happen in their community. Now the media and news are growing to reform to the earlier generation’s way of receiving the news and events related to them, by using media and popular culture. According to Wodak, for politics to air and to engage and intrigue its public, it must need scandal, rumour, and speculation (45). The West Wing, is a clear example of where the news and politics enter into the world of entertainment, but still informing its audience of the political world and events they may face. I will be analyzing The West Wing television series in relation to the representations of gender, race, and politics with support from examples and scholarly sources.
The West Wing, is a show that is set within political parameters, focusing on each character with their own side stories, with a main emphasis on political events and how it gets dealt with within the White House. We have the president of the United States played by Martin Sheen, having a team made up with C.J. a female is the White House press secretary, a strong and stern woman that seems to show highlights of assisting everyone within the White House, who is also shown as the saviour of the team and who takes the fall when faced with the media public (journalists).
The office contains Leo, Toby, Josh, and Sam, which are all part of the White House staff, part of the team. The four male figures mentioned focus on certain aspects dealing with the president and their image in the news and media coverage. The team mainly consists of male figures of higher ranking on the team.
The episode I decided to use for this paper is the second episode of season one is called Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc, airing on September 29, 1999. This episode covers a range in character development, and focuses on political events that happened in this show so far. The episode highlights the Presidents humour use and receiving notice that the Writer Cup Team turned down an invitation to the White House. This is where C.J. tries to communicate to the President how his humour can effectively lower their image. C.J. goes beyond to try and fix the situation, by demanding to see the Vice President and states that it was a misunderstanding. Throughout the episode, Sam, a Communications Director battles with his emotional feelings in relations with how it would affect the president’s image, with regards to sleeping with a call girl. In this episode, Josh, who is the Deputy Chief of Staff, makes a breakthrough with getting a major client on the president’s side, and battles with his relations to his ex-girlfriend being hired into their staff. Finally we have Leo, who is the president’s best friend and the Chief of Staff, who figures out that C.J. was disrespected by the...