Feedback: Television against Democracy / Edition 1

Feedback: Television against Democracy / Edition 1

by David Joselit
     
 

"American television embodies a paradox: it is a privately owned and operated public communications network that most citizens are unable to participate in except as passive spectators. Television creates an image of community while preventing the formation of actual social ties because behind its simulated exchange of opinions lies a highly centralized

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Overview

"American television embodies a paradox: it is a privately owned and operated public communications network that most citizens are unable to participate in except as passive spectators. Television creates an image of community while preventing the formation of actual social ties because behind its simulated exchange of opinions lies a highly centralized corporate structure that is profoundly antidemocratic. In Feedback, David Joselit describes the privatized public sphere of television and recounts the tactics developed by artists and media activists in the 1960s and 1970s to break open its closed circuit." In Feedback, Joselit analyzes midcentury image-events using the procedures and categories of art history. The trope of figure/ground reversal, for instance, is used to assess acts of representation in a variety of media - including the medium of politics. In a televisual world, Joselit argues, where democracy is conducted though images, art history has the capacity to become a political science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262101202
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Series:
October Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Joselit is Distinguished Professor in the Art History Department of the CUNY Graduate Center and the author of Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910-1941 (MIT Press, 1998) and American Art Since 1945.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Television against Democracy     xi
Open Circuits     1
Virus     43
Feedback     85
Avatar     133
Afterword: Manifesto     171
Notes     173
Index     203

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