Saturday, February 13, 2010

Mockumentary Value

Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert argues in favor of the aesthetic value of the mockumentary format in shows like Modern Family and Parks & Recreation: "Pretending to be a documentary, simulating the air of fact with hand-held camerawork and direct-to-camera interviews, the mockumentary is more welcome than ever. It may be just the perfect foil for reality TV fakery and a still-needed alternative for the sitcom genre as a whole."

UPDATE: Noel Kirkpatrick is not a big fan of Gilbert's argument and sharply defends the conventional sitcom, which in turn reminds me of Ken Levine's Honeymooners experiment from last week.

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