Television: Technology and Cultural Form / Edition 3

Television: Technology and Cultural Form / Edition 3

by Raymond Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415314569

ISBN-13: 9780415314565

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Television: Technology and Cultural Form was first published in 1974, long before the dawn of multi-channel TV, or the reality and celebrity shows that now pack the schedules. Yet Williams'
analysis of television's history, its institutions, programmes and practices, and its future prospects, remains remarkably prescient.

Williams stresses the

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Television: Technology and Cultural Form was first published in 1974, long before the dawn of multi-channel TV, or the reality and celebrity shows that now pack the schedules. Yet Williams'
analysis of television's history, its institutions, programmes and practices, and its future prospects, remains remarkably prescient.

Williams stresses the importance of technology in shaping the cultural form of television, while always resisting the determinism of McLuhan's dictum that 'the medium is the message'. If the medium really is the message, Williams asks, what is left for us to do or say? Williams argues that, on the contrary, we as viewers have the power to disturb, disrupt and to distract the otherwise cold logic of history and technology - not just because television is part of the fabric of our daily lives, but because new technologies continue to offer opportunities, momentarily outside the sway of transnational corporations or the grasp of media moguls, for new forms of self and political expression.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415314565
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
549,963
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Foreword
Foreword to the Second Edition
1The technology and the society1
2Institutions of the technology26
3The forms of television39
4Programming: distribution and flow77
5Effects of the technology and its uses121
6Alternative technology, alternative uses?139
Notes158
Selected Bibliography162
Index167

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