Television: An International History / Edition 2

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Here is a fully revised and expanded new edition of a major international history of our most influential cultural phenomenon. Readers will find an invaluable resource that describes television and its advantages from its technical conception in the 19th century through the bewildering multimedia developments of the present. 24 pages of color and b&w plates.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of 12 essays, we learn that the word ``television'' was used for the first time at the 1900 Paris Exhibition. The first demonstration of TV was conducted in 1909. And although in the U.S. the medium was ready to go commercial in 1939, the advent of WWII delayed its debut until 1947; even then, only 60,000 sets had been sold here. But by the early 1950s, with the help of such shows as I Love Lucy and Dragnet, TV had become a part of American home life. In other areas of the world, Charles de Gaulle became the first politician to use TV to his personal advantage; and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was the kickstart for British TV viewing. The chapter titled ``Non-Fiction Television'' gives us a political blow-by-blow from Senator Joe McCarthy through the Watergate hearings; ``Television in the Home and Family'' examines the sociological effects of TV on family life; and another essay looks into the perpetual debates about ``Taste, Decency, and Standards.'' We also see examples of Soviet TV propaganda: Your Leninist Library; and how the 1964 Tokyo Olympics ushered in the age of color TV in Japan. Smith, a former BBC producer, has edited an academic, and sometimes dry, look at a vital medium. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Serious observers of the sociology of television will appreciate the breadth and depth of this history. It contains articles by various specalists and is grouped into several thematic sections: the invention, marketing, and early uses of TV; specific forms and genres entertainment, sports, news/talk, political events, etc.; TV and society addressing everything from the family to terrorism; and, finally, international TV. Intriguing issues are raised, particularly concerning the influence of this medium on contemporary society and vice versa. Other topics include government regulations, censorship, and the mechanics of the industry, to name a few. Each perspective is closely analyzed, and points are supported with historical details, technical data, and thoughtful conclusions. For academic libraries and public libraries with large media collections.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.
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"Serious observers of the sociology of television will appreciate the breadth and depth of this history.... Intriguing issues are raised, particularly concerning the influence of this medium on contemporary society and vice versa."--Library Journal

"What a terrific assembly of contributors....An important addition to documenting the global story of television in a single volume."--Journalism History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159285
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Anthony Smith worked as a producer at the BBC from 1960-1971 and was Director of the British Film Institute from 1979-1988. He has been President of Magdalen College, Oxford since 1988.
Richard Paterson is Head of Media, Education, and Research at the British Film Institute, London

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Origins and Institutions 7
1 The Invention of Television 9
2 The Beginnings of American Television 23
3 Television as a Public Service Medium 38
Pt. 2 Forms and Genres 55
4 Drama and Entertainment 57
5 Non-Fiction Television 69
6 Sport 85
7 Political Ceremony and Instant History 97
Pt. 3 Television and Society 107
8 Television in the Home and Family 109
9 Taste, Decency, and Standards 122
10 Terrorism 132
Pt. 4 Television across the World 145
11 The American Networks 147
12 Canada 162
13 Japan 169
14 The Arab World 182
15 The Third World 188
16 South Asia 201
17 Australia 208
18 Scandinavia, Netherlands, and Belgium 223
19 Africa 234
20 Greater China 247
21 Latin America 254
Epilogue: The Future 264
Further Reading 268
Television Museums and Archives 280
Index 283
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