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Plato's Cave: Television and Its Discontents

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Extending the work of Marshall McLuhan, O'Neill (York U., Toronto) frames television as both a prop and an implant. He pays much attention to political economy, body politics, and biotechnology; and exploits the conflict between the capital bodies of TV and the communicative body portrayed in his earlier works. He does not say when the first edition came out, or in what ways he changed it for this revised edition. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

Extending the work of Marshall McLuhan, O'Neill (York U., Toronto) frames television as both a prop and an implant. He pays much attention to political economy, body politics, and biotechnology; and exploits the conflict between the capital bodies of TV and the communicative body portrayed in his earlier works. He does not say when the first edition came out, or in what ways he changed it for this revised edition. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572733909
  • Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Hampton Press Communication Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204

Table of Contents

Preface: Capital TV
About the Author
Pt. I Political Economy and the Mediation of Desire 1
Introduction: Cave Culture and Tele-vision: Opening and Closing the American Mind 3
Ch. 1 Looking into the Media: The Technology of Revelation and Subversion 19
Ch. 2 The Corporate Mediation of Private Lives and Public Apathy 37
Ch. 3 The Political Economy of Narcissism: Some Issues in the Loss of Family Eros 55
Ch. 4 Women as a Medium of Exchange: Defamilization and the Feminization of Law in Early and Late Capitalism 75
Ch. 5 Political Communication: The Corporate Agenda and the Legitimation Problem 97
Pt. II Life-Worlds and the Mediation of Bio-Power 109
Ch. 6 Tele-vision and the Nationalist Platitude: Reflections on the Canada/USA Watch 111
Ch. 7 Bio-Communication: Empire and Biopower 131
Ch. 8 MEDIA-culture and the Specular Functions of Ethnicity, Fashion, and Tourism 145
Ch. 9 Media AIDS: Communicable Disease, Sexual Ideology and Global Panic 155
Ch. 10 Televideo ergo sum: Some hypotheses on the Specular Functions of the Media 169
Conclusion: Reflections on the Day After Television 185
Notes 192
Author Index 193
Subject Index 197
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