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

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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.

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“In The Small Screen, Brian L. Ott explores how US television of the 1990s met the Information Age. With theoretical clarity and acute critical analysis of content and form in the television experience, Ott illustrates how some Americans embraced the future through hyperconscious television while others celebrated the past through nostalgia. A breakthrough study.”
Thomas W. Benson, Pennsylvania State University

“Brian L. Ott’s book is accessible to students and valuable for professional scholars. It integrates a wide range of contemporary scholarship at a high level of sophistication without ever falling into jargon or postmodern dogma. This volume will be cutting edge in the rhetorical study of television.”
Barry Brummett, University of Texas-Austin

"...ultimately what is pleasing about Ott's book is its willingness to take television seriously…"
M/C Reviews

“Ott…hints at the coming identity crisis as the connected age replaces the information age. Summing Up: Recommended.”

“Ott’s distinctions between hyperconscious and nostalgic programming serve as fine distinctions for considering the cultural significance of television.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405161558
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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