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

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Television. Love it or hate it, watching 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.

This engaging book, written by one of television's best-known experts, invites us to explore television's most controversial coverage and fascinating aspects: televisual 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.

About the Author:
John Hartley is a Distinguished Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University

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“The author describes this broad survey as ‘a sustained reflection on the tensions produced by the problem of knowledge in and about television.’ Hartley argues that television's history and historiography have not been well done thus far. The book as a whole offers something of a philosophy of television. Recommended.” (Choice Reviews, December 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405169806
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/25/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hartley is a Distinguished Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University. Hartley is the author of 15 books, including Creative Industries, A Short History of Cultural Studies, and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     vii
List of Tables     viii
Acknowledgments     ix
Television Truths (Argumentation of TV)     1
Is TV True? (Epistemology of TV)     15
The Value Chain of Meaning     19
Public Address Systems: Time, Space, and Frequency     36
Television and Globalization     61
Is TV a Polity? (Ethics/Politics of TV)     75
Television, Nation, and Indigenous Media     77
A Television Republic?     96
Reality and the Plebiscite     126
Is TV Beautiful? (Aesthetics of TV)     161
From a "Wandering Booby" to a Field of Cows: The Television Live Event     163
Shakespeare, Big Brother, and the Taming of the Self     182
Sync or Swim? Plebiscitary Sport and Synchronized Voting     200
What Can TV Be? (Metaphysics of TV)     221
"Laughs and Legends" or the Furniture that Glows? Television as History     223
Television in Knowledge Paradigms     243
References     261
Index     272
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