Citizenship is essential in media analysis. It refers to the deviation from or adherence to a given mainstream of standards, values, practices, and beliefs. It is widely applied in the analysis of media, and it has taken effect for a long time. It includes two major parts: high in relation to adherence with the mainstream and the second part is low, which is in relation to deviation from the mainstream. The two parts differ in relation to the mainstream they represent and the effect they try to bring out. It is obvious that based texts, and subcultures are always represented by low citizenship level while unreal texts such as sitcoms and drama are typically represented by high citizenship level. This is the main disparity between the two types of citizenship. It aids the specific text producer the ease of creating varied texts but in turn bringing out his idea, without interfering with the intended message. It should also reflect the mainstream views and reinforce them to the desired level. Furthermore, the core factor is in the whole citizenship idea is the overall level of citizenship. It is the main determinant in the whole issue. Thus, this means that significant deviation from the mainstream can eventually be balanced by means of extremely strict adherence in other characteristics.
“Will and Grace” show greatly represents gay male sexuality for mainstream U.S audience. The show has two main female characters, Karen and Grace. Karen is portrayed as a rich and beautiful lady full of great dreams. Her behavior is in line with the mainstream standards, beliefs and practices. She looks and act rather compulsive and make her come out as an object of sexual desire. The cast presents her as having big breasts, which greatly tempts men. The marriage gives her a position to amass wealth, thanks to her beauty. She exits because she looks like a beautiful lady, moreover, it is an added advantage in selling most products. Grace, on the other hand, is portrayed as a career woman. The cast portrays her as one who is not acting in adherence with the mainstream standards. Despite being hardworker, she is deemed poor and can only survive borrowing from her friends. This is a letdown in the society and she is considered a failure. Adding to the scars, she lives with a gay man in her house; moreover, her life is in shambles and does not perform well in business. This view and disparity between the two characters brings out the construction of femininity as ladies are viewed as being well off in marriages and business is a field for men. This represents the mythical views and beliefs of mainstream in America.
There are two male characters in the show, Jack and Will. Jack is portrayed as engaging in deviant sexual behavior and never settles for a long distance relationship. He is cynical about sex and regards it, not any near love or a relationship. He is also portrayed as being less educated, and his articulate skills are poor. Will, on the other hand, engages in traditional mating and courtship rituals. He respects and pursues long term relationships. This is reflected in his fruitful and successful life as he is well off financially.
In conclusion, it is evident in the show, “Will and Grace” that there exists a deep relationship between sexual behavior, gender behavior, and the social consequences thereafter. Traditional behavior is deemed fruitful when ones engage in them while, on the other hand, engaging in different unappreciated behavior is punishable. This comes into a place whereby the mainstream is accorded rewards on the basis of its values, beliefs and also practices. The show is out to support traditional values and behavior, which bear fruit in societal development.