Television Myth and the American Mind: Second Edition / Edition 2

Television Myth and the American Mind: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Hal Himmelstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275931579

ISBN-13: 9780275931575

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This book offers an interpretation of the myths that shape television images and reinforce this culture's dominant ideology. It provides histories of all television genres and connects developments within each genre to political, social, and cultural shifts in the larger society. This new Second Edition updates the previous edition's close textual analysis of

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Overview

This book offers an interpretation of the myths that shape television images and reinforce this culture's dominant ideology. It provides histories of all television genres and connects developments within each genre to political, social, and cultural shifts in the larger society. This new Second Edition updates the previous edition's close textual analysis of representative series and serials to mid-1993, reflecting the significant changes that have occurred in both the business of television in the United States and in the larger society's dominant ideology. The Second Edition also reflects significant advances in critical theory related to the study of television that have occurred over the past decade, and it incorporates both the structuralist critical position (dominant in the first edition) and a post-structuralist position which moves away from a determinist textual analysis of ideology to a consideration of possible multiple decodings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275931575
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
2nd ed
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Television Myth and the American Mind

The Biz: Caution! Mythmakers at Work

Advertising: The Medium Is the Mirage

TV Comedy and Contemporary Life: Mayfield, Mayberry, Minneapolis, and Manhattan

Television's Social Comedies

Television Melodrama

Television News and the Television Documentary

Live TV: Sport and the TV Event

TV Religion and the TV Game Show: The Great American Dream in the Late Twentieth Century

The TV Talk Show: Commodifying the Individual Psyche

Toward an Oppositional Television

Selected Bibliography

Index

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