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How has television affected our everyday experience? This question has generated endless arguments and speculations, but no thinker has addressed the issue with such force and originality as Joshua Meyrowitz in No Sense of Place. Advancing a daring and sophisticated theory, Meyrowitz shows how television and other electronic media create new social situations that are no longer shaped by where we are or who is "with" us.
While other media experts have limited the debate to program content, Meyrowitz focuses on the ways in which television has rearranged "who knows what about whom," making it impossible for us to behave with each other in traditional ways. He shows how television has lifted many of the veils of secrecy between children and adults, men and women, and politicians and average citizens. The result is a series of revolutionary changes, including the blurring of age, gender, and authority distinctions.
Meyrowitz addresses the question of how television has affected our lives by advancing the theory that TV and other electronic media create new social situations.
Introduction: Behavior in Its Place
Part I—Media as Change Mechanisms
Media and Behavior: A Missing Link Media, Situations, and Behavior Why Roles Change When Media Change
Part II—From Print Situations to Electronic Situations
The Merging of Public Spheres The Blurring of Public and Private Behaviors The Separation of Social Place from Physical Place
Part III—The New Social Landscape
New Group Identities New Ways of Becoming Questioning Authority Effect Loops
Part IV—Three Dimensions of Social Change
The Merging of Masculinity and Femininity The Blurring of Childhood and Adulthood Lowering the Political Hero to Our Level
Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?
Appendix: Discussion of Terms Notes Bibliography Index