Consumer Culture And Tv Programming / Edition 1

Consumer Culture And Tv Programming / Edition 1

by Robin K Andersen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813315425

ISBN-13: 9780813315423

Pub. Date: 05/01/1995

Publisher: Westview Press

To what extent does the advertising industry control what we see on TV? What is the political and cultural environment that provides for the phenomenon of the corporate shaping of the mass media?Robin Andersen addresses these questions, which ultimately intertwine with the very concept of democracy: How can citizens participate in political culture when the

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To what extent does the advertising industry control what we see on TV? What is the political and cultural environment that provides for the phenomenon of the corporate shaping of the mass media?Robin Andersen addresses these questions, which ultimately intertwine with the very concept of democracy: How can citizens participate in political culture when the information they receive through their mass media is molded by corporate and commercial demands? She discusses and analyzes the impact of the consumer imperative on popular news and TV programs and talk shows, the psychology of consumer culture, the differing narratives of the 1992 presidential election, how representations of the Gulf War resembled advertisements, and the overall escalating commercial imperative of the mass media. Andersen has done a splendid job of accessibly presenting to mass audiences and students a subject of enormous gravity—the steady penetration of marketing and advertising strategies into the very fabric of both news and entertainment television.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813315423
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
Critical Studies in Communication and in the Cultural Industries Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
0.73(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Advertising, Economics, and the Media14
2The Producers and Consumers of Nikes and Other Products...51
3Emotional Ties That Bind: Focus Groups, Psychoanalysis, and Consumer Culture72
4Postmodern Theory and Consumer Culture92
5Thirtysomething, Lifestyle Consumption, and Therapy118
6The Television Talk Show: From Democratic Potential to Pseudotherapy146
The Crisis of Information146
The Talk Show's Lost Potential158
7Cops on the Night Beat174
"Reality"-Based Police Shows, Urban Community, and Criminal (In)Justice174
Issues of Social Control: Voyeurism, Privacy, and the Culture of Surveillance198
8Advertising and the Persian Gulf War211
9Democratic Talk-Show Strategies and the Competing Narratives of the 1992 Presidential Election225
Conclusion: The Commercial Politics of Postmodern Television252
Notes273
Bibliography283
About the Book and Author295
Index297

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