Television: Critical Methods and Applications / Edition 3by Jeremy G. Butler
Pub. Date: 09/01/2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Written in clear and lively prose, Television explains how television programs and commercials are made, and how they function as producers of meaning. Author Jeremy Butler demonstrates the ways in which cinematography and videography, acting, lighting, set design, editing, and sound combine to produce meanings that viewers take away from their television/i>
Written in clear and lively prose, Television explains how television programs and commercials are made, and how they function as producers of meaning. Author Jeremy Butler demonstrates the ways in which cinematography and videography, acting, lighting, set design, editing, and sound combine to produce meanings that viewers take away from their television experience. This popular text teaches students to read between the lines, encouraging them to incorporate critical thinking into their own television viewing.
Television provides essential critical and historical context, lucidly explaining how different critical methods have been applied to the medium, such as genre study, ideological criticism, and cultural studies. Hundreds of illustrations from television programs introduce the reader to the varied ways in which television goes about telling stories, presenting news, and selling products, and a companion Web site (www.TVcrit.com) supplements the text with color frame grabs and illustrative video clips.
Highlights of this third edition include:
•new segments on “reality” television and television animation since 1990;
•an updated and expanded chapter surveying critical methods applied to television;
•a wide variety of examples, including recent television shows; and
•a supplemental DVD to provide teachers with video examples and exercises.
With its distinctive approach to examining television, this text is appropriate for courses in television studies, media criticism, and general critical studies. In addition, Television will encourage critical thinking in television production courses.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Understanding Television’s Structures and Systems. Television’s Ebb and Flow in the Postnetwork Era. Narrative Structure: Television Stories. Building Narrative: Character, Actor, Star. Beyond and Beside Narrative Structure. Part II: Television’s Style: Image and Sound. Style and Setting: Mise-en-Scene. Style and the Camera: Videography and Cinematography. Style and Editing. Style and Sound. A History of Television Style—Gary A. Copeland. Music Television—Blaine Allan. Animated Television: The Narrative Cartoon. The Television Commercial. Television Studies: Alternatives to Empirical Approaches. Appendix.
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