Defining Visions: Television and the American Experience in the 20th Century / Edition 1

Defining Visions: Television and the American Experience in the 20th Century / Edition 1

by Mary Ann Watson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405170530

ISBN-13: 9781405170536

Pub. Date: 01/02/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Defining Visions is a powerful narrative social history that examines television’s rise as the great “certifying agent” in American life. This newly updated and fully revised edition extends its coverage to the end of the 20th century. It defines the “Television Age” as a discrete period in American history bracketed by

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Defining Visions is a powerful narrative social history that examines television’s rise as the great “certifying agent” in American life. This newly updated and fully revised edition extends its coverage to the end of the 20th century. It defines the “Television Age” as a discrete period in American history bracketed by monumental events – the triumph of the Allied victory in World War II and the devastation of 9/11.

The new edition includes discussions of key events in American history and TV history since the book’s original publication in 1997, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Clinton impeachment; the massacre at Columbine High School; the 2000 presidential election; and the television coverage of September 11, 2001. In addition, the book considers the cultural impact of recent prime-time programs such as Seinfeld, CSI, and Will & Grace.

As with the successful first edition, Defining Visions: Television and the American Experience in the 20th Century is thematically organized and presents a sweeping account of the connections between the medium and American culture. It tells the story of how television not only covered history in the 20th century but also actively influenced its course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405170536
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
806,202
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

1: Television Enters the Picture.

2: Television and the Melting Pot: Race and Ethnicity.

3: Home on screen: Gender and Family.

4: The Killing Tube: Violence and Crime.

5: TV Goes all the Way: Romance and Sexuality.

6: The Boxed-In Workplace: Jobs and Professions.

7: Tuning Out Restraint: Indulgence and Advertising.

8: Taking the Cue: Television and the American Personality.

9: Deep Focus: Television and the American Character.

10: The Webbed Republic: Democracy in the Television Age.

Epilogue.

Select Bibliography.

Index

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