Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture / Edition 1

Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture / Edition 1

by John Hartley
     
 

ISBN-10: 140516980X

ISBN-13: 9781405169806

Pub. Date: 12/25/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Television. Love it or hate it, it is still the most popular pastime ever. It reflects and shapes our knowledge of contemporary life across the economic, political, social and cultural spectrum, and yet TV is still among the most criticized phenomena of modern life. Everyone watches it, but everyone’s also a critic.

This engaging book, written by one of

Overview

Television. Love it or hate it, it is still the most popular pastime ever. It reflects and shapes our knowledge of contemporary life across the economic, political, social and cultural spectrum, and yet TV is still among the most criticized phenomena of modern life. Everyone watches it, but everyone’s also a critic.

This engaging book, written by one of television's best known experts, invites us to explore television’s most controversial coverage and fascinating formats: TV citizenship, live TV, ‘plebiscitary’ shows, reality TV, synchronized sports and TV’s own history. At a time of unprecedented change in technologies and business plans, Hartley explores television’s evolving place and transforming role in our knowledge-based society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405169806
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/25/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Acknowledgments.

1. Television Truths (Argumentation of TV).

Part I: Is TV True? (Epistemology of TV):.

2. The Value Chain of Meaning.

3. Public Address Systems: Time, Space, and Frequency.

4. Television and Globalization.

Part II: Is TV a Polity? (Ethics/Politics of TV):.

5. Television, Nation, and Indigenous Media.

6. A Television Republic?.

7. Reality and the Plebiscite.

Part III: Is TV Beautiful? (Aesthetics of TV):.

8. From a “Wandering Booby” to a Field of Cows: The Television Live Event.

9. Shakespeare, Big Brother, and the Taming of the Self.

10. Sync or Swim? Plebiscitary Sport and Synchronized Voting.

Part IV: What Can TV Be? (Metaphysics of TV):.

11. “Laughs and Legends” or the Furniture that Glows? Television as History.

12. Television in Knowledge Paradigms.

References.

Index

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