Does your reading of Girls' pilot align more with Camille DeBose's or Helen Wheatley's? Or is it somewhere in between?
If you're unfamiliar with Stuart Hall's Reception Theory and the three ways readers engage with media texts, you might read through these slides. Is DeBose's "How Lena Dunham Set Me Free" a dominant, oppositional, or negotiated reading? Why?
According to "From the Golden Age of TV to Quality TV," what criteria make a television program "Quality TV"? Can you think of any more criterion that have come to the forefront since this book chapter was written in 1997?
How do Girls (HBO) and Louie (FX) adhere to these criteria?
What other television comedies would you consider "Quality TV"? Why?
From the essay "If It's Not TV, Then What?" what was the most surprising thing you learned about the history of HBO?