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The Series of Streaming Services and Transgression Problems (by the Example of Sex Education, Netflix, 2019)

Student: Daria Silkina

Supervisor: Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Journalism (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This work is aimed at exploring how adolescent issues are presented in modern serials of streaming services. The aim of the work is to determine the specifics of building narratives in streaming services, using the theoretical concept of “transgression” as an analytical tool (using the example of Sex Education, Netflix). The study analyzed the works of French postmodern philosophers, which allowed to reconstruct the relationship between the concepts of "transgression" and "limit", as well as describe two types of transgression - social and cultural. In order to determine how modern technologies are connected with the transformation of drama series and can contribute to the spread of new knowledge and new forms of this knowledge, the model of the streaming service Netflix was analyzed. In this paper, the series Sex Education (2019) is used as the object of analysis. There are two types of problems in the series, in the representation of which transgressive elements can be found - the relationship with parents (generational conflict) and the problem of adolescent sexual identity. In the first case, the transgression only contributes to the development of the problem and overcoming the boundaries intensifies the differences. Sexual identification is associated with transgression, since the highest form of sexual pleasure for a person is often associated with a violation of the prohibition. For a teenager, transgression is a tool for solving problems of social identification.

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