Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History [NOOK Book]

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Constituting a new television genre, live broadcasts of "historic" events have become world rituals which, according to Dayan and Katz, have the potential for transforming societies even as they transfix viewers around the globe. Analyzing such public spectacles as the Olympic games, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, John F. Kenndy's funeral, the moon landing, and Pope John II's visits to Poland, they offer an ethnography of how media events are scripted, negotiated, performed, celebrated, shamanized,...

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Overview

Constituting a new television genre, live broadcasts of "historic" events have become world rituals which, according to Dayan and Katz, have the potential for transforming societies even as they transfix viewers around the globe. Analyzing such public spectacles as the Olympic games, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, John F. Kenndy's funeral, the moon landing, and Pope John II's visits to Poland, they offer an ethnography of how media events are scripted, negotiated, performed, celebrated, shamanized, and reviewed.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
An ethnography of how such media events as the Olympic Games, the moon landing, Kennedy's funeral, and the royal wedding, are scripted, negotiated, performed, celebrated, shamanized, and reviewed. Drawing from the theories of Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, shows how television can declare holidays and create history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
National Public Radio
Media Events is a feat of scholarship about a medium that tends to defy scholarship. It is a comprehensive, thoughtful, and original delineation of a phenomenon of live television as a powerful social force. This book marks a milestone in the understanding of how we are affected by television.
— Daniel Schorr
Contemporary Sociology
An imporant work that should be read by everyone in the media and culural studies and may involved in the study of other modern institutions and political processes.
— Eric Rothenbuhler
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
The publication of the Media Eventsis itself a media event of great imporantance to scholars and professionals in broadcasting and electronic media.
— Michael Real
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674030305
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 506 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Dayan is a Fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Elihu Katz is Trustee Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvannia; Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Scientific Director of the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research.

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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface


1
Defining Media Events: High Holidays of Mass Communication


2
Scripting Media Events: Contest, Conquest, Coronation


3
Negotiating Media Events


4
Performing Media Events


5
Celebrating Media Events


6
Shamanizing Media Events


7
Reviewing Media Events


Appendix: Five Frames for Assessing the Effects of Media Events


Notes


References


Acknowledgments


Index

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