Tv Living

Tv Living

by David Gauntlett, Annette Hill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415184851

ISBN-13: 9780415184854

Pub. Date: 04/22/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

TV Living presents the findings of the BFI Audience Tracking Study in which 500 participants completed detailed questionnaire-diaries on their lives, their television watching, and the relationship between the two over a five year period.
Gauntlett and Hill use this extensive data to explore some of the most fundamental questions in media and cultural

Overview

TV Living presents the findings of the BFI Audience Tracking Study in which 500 participants completed detailed questionnaire-diaries on their lives, their television watching, and the relationship between the two over a five year period.
Gauntlett and Hill use this extensive data to explore some of the most fundamental questions in media and cultural studies, focusing on issues of gender, identity, the impact of new technologies, and life changes. Opening up new areas of debate, the study sheds new light on audiences and their responses to issues such as sex and violence on television. A unique study of contemporary tv audience behaviour and attitudes, TV Living offers a fascinating insight into the complex relationship between mass media and people's lives today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415184854
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/22/1999
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacex
Acknowledgementsxii
1Introduction1
Studying television and everyday life3
The Audience Tracking Study methodology13
2Television and everyday life21
Television and the organisation of time23
Household life and television35
Television, the household and everyday life49
Summary of key findings50
3News consumption and everyday life52
Previous studies of news consumption52
News and current affairs54
Patterns of news consumption63
News consumption: young adults67
News consumption: adults72
Television news and everyday life76
Summary of key findings78
4Transitions and change79
Previous studies of television and life changes79
Young adults: transition and change82
Adults: transition and change93
Couples, life changes and television101
Transitions and change in life before 50108
Summary of key findings109
5Television's personal meanings: companionship, guilt and social interaction110
What television means to individuals112
Television guilt119
Talking about television128
Television and everyday life: meaning and identity130
Television and identity in the Audience Tracking Study Diaries132
Television's personal meanings138
Summary of key findings139
6Video and technology in the home141
The rise of video142
Video and everyday life in the Audience Tracking Study143
Satellite and cable161
Other television technologies, and the future165
Enough technology?170
Summary of key findings171
7The retired and elderly audiences173
What does it mean to be old?176
Life in retirement182
Elderly people's relationship with television195
The elderly on watching television200
Television viewing in later life: some theory205
Summary of key findings207
8Gender and television209
Previous studies of gender and television209
What do men and women actually watch?218
Should we talk about 'women's' and 'men's' interests?219
Is television output biased towards women or men?221
Should we still classify soap operas as 'women's programmes'?226
The representation of women230
Catering for men with sport and sex?233
The representation of homosexuality238
Gender issues in the household240
A change of gender245
Summary of key findings246
9Television violence and other controversies248
Previous studies of television violence and issues of taste248
Media portrayals of violence251
Television drama261
Perceptions of violence267
Regulation and self-regulation272
Bad language, sex and nudity, and issues of taste274
Studying violence and taste280
Summary of key findings281
10Conclusions283
Time and change284
Gender: changing landscapes285
Identity287
Seduction288
A fragmented audience?288
Reflections on writing diaries and the research process289
Television consumers: consumed by television?291
AppendixFurther methodological details294
References297
Index306

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