Still Life in Real Time: Theory After Television / Edition 1

Still Life in Real Time: Theory After Television / Edition 1

by Richard Dienst
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822314665

ISBN-13: 9780822314660

Pub. Date: 03/25/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Television can be imagined in a number of ways: as a profuse flow of images, as a machine that produces new social relationships, as the last lingering gasp of Western metaphysical thinking, as a stuttering relay system of almost anonymous messages, as a fantastic construction of time. Richard Dienst engages each of these possibilities as he explores the

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Television can be imagined in a number of ways: as a profuse flow of images, as a machine that produces new social relationships, as the last lingering gasp of Western metaphysical thinking, as a stuttering relay system of almost anonymous messages, as a fantastic construction of time. Richard Dienst engages each of these possibilities as he explores the challenge television has posed for contemporary theories of culture, technology, and media.
Five theoretical projects provide Still Life in Real Time with its framework: the cultural studies tradition of Raymond Williams; Marxist political economy; Heideggerian existentialism; Derridean deconstruction; and a Deleuzian anatomy of images. Drawing lessons from television programs like Twin Peaks and Crime Story, television events like the Gulf War, and television personalities like Madonna, Dienst produces a remarkable range of insights on the character of the medium and on the theories that have been affected by it.
From the earliest theorists who viewed television as a new metaphor for a global whole, a liberal technology empty of ideological or any other content, through those who saw it as a tool for consumption, making time a commodity, to those who sense television’s threat to being and its intimate relation to power, Dienst exposes the rich pattern of television’s influence on philosophy, and hence on the deepest levels of contemporary experience.
A book of theory, Still Life in Real Time will compel the attention of all those with an interest in the nature of the ever present, ever shifting medium and its role in the thinking that marks our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314660
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/25/1994
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. ITelevisual Flows
1The Outbreak of Television3
2Image/Machine/Image: Marx and Metaphor in Television Theory36
Pt. IICommercial Breaks
3History, the Eternal Rerun: On Crime Stony69
4Mondino, MTV, and the Laugh of Madonna79
5"Appetite and Satisfaction, a Golden Circle": Magic and Commerce in Twin Peaks89
Pt. IIITheoretical Images
6The Dangers of Being in a Televisual World: Heidegger and the Ontotechnological Question103
7From Post Cards to Smart Bombs (and Back Again): Derrida and the Televisual Textual System128
8Ineluctable Modalities of the Televisual144
Notes171
Bibliography195
Index205

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