Television Entertainment / Edition 1

Television Entertainment / Edition 1

by Jonathan Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415772249

ISBN-13: 9780415772242

Pub. Date: 07/05/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Television entertainment rules supreme, one of the world’s most important disseminators of information, ideas, and amusement. More than a parade of little figures in a box, it is deeply embedded in everyday life, in how we think, what we think and care about, and who we think and care about it with.

But is television entertainment art? Why do so many

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Television entertainment rules supreme, one of the world’s most important disseminators of information, ideas, and amusement. More than a parade of little figures in a box, it is deeply embedded in everyday life, in how we think, what we think and care about, and who we think and care about it with.

But is television entertainment art? Why do so many love it and so many hate or fear it? Does it offer a window to the world, or images of a fake world? How is it political and how does it address us as citizens? What powers does it hold, and what powers do we have over it? Or, for that matter, what is television these days, in an era of rapidly developing technologies, media platforms, and globalization? Written especially for students, Television Entertainment addresses these and other key questions that we regularly ask, or should ask. Jonathan Gray offers a lively and dynamic, thematically based overview with examples from recent and current television, including Lost, reality television,
The Sopranos, The Simpsons, political satire, Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing, soaps, and 24.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415772242
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/05/2008
Series:
Communication and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction – What Is Television Entertainment? Chapter 1 – Art with Strings Attached: Creativity, Innovation, and Industry Chapter 2 – Broadcasting Identities: Affect, Fantasy, and Meaning Chapter 3 – Television Unboxed: Expansion, Overflow, and Synergy Chapter 4 – Keeping it Real: Reality and Representation Chapter 5 – Plugged In: Politics and Citizenship Chapter 6 – Channel Interference: Television and Power Bibliography Index

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