A Companion to Television / Edition 1

A Companion to Television / Edition 1

by Janet Wasko
     
 

ISBN-10: 140510094X

ISBN-13: 9781405100946

Pub. Date: 06/06/2005

Publisher: Wiley

A Companion to Television is a magisterial collection of original essays that chart the history of television from its inception to the present day. Over 30 leading scholars across the humanities and social sciences look at television scholarship as it responded to technological, institutional, and aesthetic changes around the world.

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A Companion to Television is a magisterial collection of original essays that chart the history of television from its inception to the present day. Over 30 leading scholars across the humanities and social sciences look at television scholarship as it responded to technological, institutional, and aesthetic changes around the world.

The essays cover a myriad of topics and theories that have led to television’s current incarnation, and predict its likely future. From technology and aesthetics, television’s relationship to the state, televisual commerce, texts, representation, genre, internationalism, and audience reception and effects, A Companion to Television is an invaluable reference for understanding the significance of television in the modern and postmodern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405100946
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/06/2005
Series:
Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies Series, #27
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
6.93(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The development of television studies15
2Critical perspectives on television from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism29
3Television and history51
4Our TV heritage : television, the archive, and the reasons for preservation67
5Television as a moving aesthetic : in search of the ultimate aesthetic - the self103
6Locating the televisual in golden age television126
7Television production : who makes American TV?142
8Who rules TV? : states, markets, and the public interest157
9Public broadcasting and democratic culture : consumers, citizens, and communards174
10Culture, services, knowledge : television between policy regimes199
11Television advertising as textual and economic systems217
12Watching television : a political economic approach238
13Keeping "abreast" of MTV and Viacom : the growing power of a media conglomerate256
14The trade in television news270
15Configurations of the new television landscape291
16The study of soap opera308
17The shifting terrain of American talk shows324
18Television and sports337
19"Where the past comes alive" : television, history, and collective memory361
20"How will you make it on your own?" : television and feminism since 1970379
21Television and race395
22Television, public spheres, and civic cultures411
23Television and public opinion433
24Reality TV : performance, authenticity, and television audiences449
25A special audience? : children and television468
26Local community channels : alternatives to corporate media dominance489
27Latin American commercial television : "primitive capitalism"503
28Television in China : history, political economy, and ideology521
29Japanese television : early development and research540
30Change and transformation in South African television558
31Television in the Arab East580

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