The Small Screen: How Television Equips Us to Live in the Information Age / Edition 1

The Small Screen: How Television Equips Us to Live in the Information Age / Edition 1

by Brian L. Ott
     
 

ISBN-10: 140516154X

ISBN-13: 9781405161541

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Treating television as an important socializing force, this book examines how prime-time television in the 1990s equipped viewers to negotiate the transition from the industrial age to the information age. Jam-packed with examples, the book demonstrates how television aided viewers in confronting information overload, identity drift, the increasing pace of life, the…  See more details below

Overview

Treating television as an important socializing force, this book examines how prime-time television in the 1990s equipped viewers to negotiate the transition from the industrial age to the information age. Jam-packed with examples, the book demonstrates how television aided viewers in confronting information overload, identity drift, the increasing pace of life, the guilt of feeling techno-illiterate, and cultural fragmentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405161541
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Contents.

Preface.

1. Television and Social Change.

The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Television as Public Discourse.

2. Life in the Information Age.

The Information Explosion.

Society through the Lens of Technocapitalism.

Social Anxieties in the Information Age.

3. Hyperconscious Television.

Embracing ‘the Future’: The Attitude of Yes.

The Simpsons as Exemplar.

Symbolic Equipments in Hyperconscious TV.

4. Nostalgia Television.

Celebrating ‘the Past’: The Attitude of No.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as Exemplar.

Symbolic Equipments in Nostalgia TV.

5. Television and the Future.

(Re)Viewing the Small Screen.

Life and Television in the Twenty-First Century.

The Next Great Paradigm Shift?.

References.

Index

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