Demographic Vistas: Television in American Culture / Edition 1

Demographic Vistas: Television in American Culture / Edition 1

by David Marc
     
 

In Demographic Vistas, David Marc shows how we can take television seriously within the humanist tradition while enjoying it on its own terms. To deal with the barrage of messages from television's chaotic history, Marc adapts tools of theatrical and literary criticism to focus on key personalities and genres in ways that reward serious students and casual

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Overview

In Demographic Vistas, David Marc shows how we can take television seriously within the humanist tradition while enjoying it on its own terms. To deal with the barrage of messages from television's chaotic history, Marc adapts tools of theatrical and literary criticism to focus on key personalities and genres in ways that reward serious students and casual viewers alike.

This updated edition includes a new foreword by Horace Newcomb and a new introduction by the author that discusses the ways in which the nature of television criticism has changed since the book's original publication in 1984. A new final chapter explores the paradox of the diminishing importance of over-the-air broadcasting during the period of television's greatest expansion, which has been brought about by complex technologies such as cable, videocassette recorders, and online services.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812215601
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,301,319
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

David Marc is Adjunct Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, and Visiting Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1984 Edition
Foreword to the Revised Edition , by Horace Newcomb
Introduction to the Revised Edition

1. Beginning to Begin Again
2. The Situation Comedy of Paul Henning: Modernity and the American Folk Myth in The Beverly Hillbillies
3. The Comedy of Public Safety
4. Gleason's Push
5. Self-Reflexive at Last
6. What Was Broadcasting?

Appendix: Broadcast Network Prime Time Viewing Suggestions, 1984-96
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Main Index
Index of Television Series
Index of Films Made for Theatrical Release

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