Anyone who has been following me anywhere online knows that I have been researching rape jokes for a few years. I'm finally drafting the article, and I'm stumbling on something. At the start of my article, I list ten sample rape jokes I have collected from television and film over the last twenty years. What do you see as the most legitimate way of citing quotations from TV shows and movies? I'm trying to decide between two ways.
First is citing the actual episode of the TV show or the movie. The journal to which I plan to submit this article wants Chicago-style endnotes, and citing the individual episodes is tricky. The citation starts with the group, performer, or composer. Is that the person who wrote the episode/film? Is it the director? Is it the person who spoke the quotation in question? The one advantage of citing quotations this way is that I am citing the original source, but it's not often a source that people can find easily (such as obscure movies and cancelled TV shows not on DVD). That's another thing, if it's on DVD, do I cite it that way even if I made a note of it fifteen years ago during a broadcast?
Second is citing IMDB quotation pages. I have been keeping notes for years, but I confirmed my notes by referring to IMDB, and I could cite the quotations from there. But that is not necessarily the original source. On one hand, this does show people the actual quotation they can read for themselves. But it also feels a bit like citing Wikipedia. IMDB is credible to me, but would academic readers read it this way?
I should note that I am planning to send it to a rhetoric journal and not a media studies journal, at least not for the first go around. So, rhetoricians, would citing the IMDB page bug you? What about you media scholars? Preferences?
(And if any students are reading this, you can see that professors struggle with citation just like you do.)