The descriptor genre is somewhat of a catch-all container field that includes descriptions about the manner in which intellectual content for a media item is presented, as well as its structure and topical nature. For example, the genre description for a program might include:
- Documentary. Environment.
- Tutorial. Oceanography.
- Comedy. Political satire.
The industry has had many debates about the difficulties in separating the structure of the presentation against its topical nature. In practice, digital asset management systems and media guides, both paper-based and electronic, have stopped making the distinction. A compelling argument for merging the descriptors is based on the habits of end users as they enter keywords and other descriptors into search engines. Too much granularity has confounded those who are cataloging media items.
The genre tags used by PBCore are alligned with those in use by TiVo, the Tribune Media tags, and the PBS Program Offer Data Service (PODS).
Select as many descriptors as is appropriate to fully capture the flavor of a media item's intellectual content and the creative form in which it is presented.