Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television / Edition 2

Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television / Edition 2

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by Erik Barnouw
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195064844

ISBN-13: 9780195064841

Pub. Date: 05/31/1990

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Based on the classic History of Broadcasting in the United States, Tube of Plenty represents the fruit of several decades' labor. When Erik Barnouw--premier chronicler of American broadcasting and a participant in the industry for fifty years--first undertook the project of recording its history, many viewed it as a light-weight literary task

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Based on the classic History of Broadcasting in the United States, Tube of Plenty represents the fruit of several decades' labor. When Erik Barnouw--premier chronicler of American broadcasting and a participant in the industry for fifty years--first undertook the project of recording its history, many viewed it as a light-weight literary task concerned mainly with "entertainment" trivia. Indeed, trivia such as that found in quiz programs do appear in the book, but Barnouw views them as part of a complex social tapestry that increasingly defines our era.
To understand our century, we must fully comprehend the evolution of television and its newest extraordinary offshoots. With this fact in mind, Barnouw's new edition of Tube of Plenty explores the development and impact of the latest dramatic phases of the communications revolution.
Since the first publication of this invaluable history of television and how it has shaped, and been shaped by, American culture and society, many significant changes have occurred. Assessing the importance of these developments in a new chapter, Barnouw specifically covers the decline of the three major networks, the expansion of cable and satellite television and film channels such as HBO (Home Box Office), the success of channels catering to special audiences such as ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) and MTV (Music Television), and the arrival of VCRs in America's living rooms. He also includes an appendix entitled "questions for a new millennium," which will challenge readers not only to examine the shape of television today, but also to envision its future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195064841
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/31/1990
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
568,164
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.38(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Forebears
1(25)
Black Box No. 1
6(6)
Voices in the Ether
12(8)
We Need a Monopoly
20(5)
Toddler
25(72)
Merchandising Concept
30(7)
Raggle-taggle Mob
37(3)
Come into Our Phone Booth
40(11)
The Birth of NBC
51(6)
But Not the Ownership Thereof
57(4)
Flickering Snapshot
61(7)
A Bill of Divorcement
68(4)
Fifty-third Floor
72(5)
Of Attics and Back Rooms
77(6)
Target Date
83(14)
Plastic Years
97(52)
Mosaic
101(4)
Or Affiliated Sympathetically
105(5)
Freeze
110(5)
Panic City
115(2)
It Will Be a Great Show
117(4)
Handy Reference
121(6)
Crusade in the Supermarkets
127(3)
Crime Automated
130(5)
Ike and Ikon
135(5)
Sixth Report and Order
140(3)
High Level
143(2)
Maelstrom
145(4)
Prime
149(192)
Television Theater
154(14)
Hopscotching
168(4)
The Murrow Moment
172(12)
Biggest Money
184(4)
Executive Suites
188(5)
Go Western
193(5)
Boomland
198(15)
Telefilm
213(5)
Dynamic Duo
218(11)
Bonanza Globe
229(9)
The New Diplomacy
238(5)
A Terrible Thing To Do
243(5)
Summitry on the Move
248(12)
Untouchables
260(5)
Verite
265(5)
Barefaced
270(7)
Top Priorities
277(4)
The Camelot Moment
281(9)
Deception, Inc.
290(9)
Vast Wasteland
299(9)
Into Orbit
308(7)
Ultimatum via TV
315(5)
Venture Video
320(12)
November Drums
332(9)
Elder
341(150)
The Adversary Culture
346(11)
Daisy Girl
357(9)
Paranoid Pictures
366(11)
Newsroom Uprising
377(10)
Guard That Image
387(3)
Fringes
390(13)
The Fortress
403(7)
High Noon
410(12)
Cosmic Nielsen
422(6)
Conglomerate
428(2)
Relevance
430(10)
Game Plans
440(24)
Fiestas
464(5)
Demographics
469(5)
Squeaky Clean
474(9)
Voice from the West
483(8)
Progeny
491(54)
People Meters
503(2)
The Rise of the Laser
505(4)
Mergermania
509(4)
Product
513(10)
Twilight News
523(16)
Crossroads
539(6)
Questions for a New Millennium 545(4)
Chronology 549(12)
Bibliographical Notes 561(20)
Index 581

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Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author struggles to stay on the subject of television and constantly gives his bias opinion on the politics that were taken place at the time. Edited correctly, this book contains 150 pages out of 547 (not including the chronology, bibliographical note and index) of solid information related to "the evolution of american television." If you are interested in reading un-bias information, this is not the book.