Understanding Society, Culture, and Television

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What is the real nature of television, and what is its place in contemporary society and culture? In a provocative rethinking of the medium and its ensuing effects, this book argues that we have misunderstood television and have thus contributed to a distorted view of art and culture in the 20th century. During the final quarter of this century both in academic and popular circles, we have spread wildly exaggerated claims about television's undermining of human consciousness and behavior. Television has become a ...

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Overview

What is the real nature of television, and what is its place in contemporary society and culture? In a provocative rethinking of the medium and its ensuing effects, this book argues that we have misunderstood television and have thus contributed to a distorted view of art and culture in the 20th century. During the final quarter of this century both in academic and popular circles, we have spread wildly exaggerated claims about television's undermining of human consciousness and behavior. Television has become a scapegoat for all sorts of societal and cultural ills. The arguments presented by many researchers on behalf of the ill-effects of TV are fundamentally weak and flawed. On the eve of the 21st century, the claimed distinctions between high art and popular culture have become a final, hopeless repository of pedantry. Television can be understood only by viewing it as an art form, and measuring its role in society and culture in concert with the first principles of human reason and liberty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275970956
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL MONACO is the Department Head of Media & Theatre Arts and Professor of Cinema/Video at Montana State University, Bozeman.

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Table of Contents

Preface

The Art and Nature of Television

Storytelling and Television

Television and the Aesthetics of Power, Virtuosity, and Repetition

Social Dimensions of Television

Common Themes and Contemporary Commentary

Agendas, Politics, and Television

Globalization and Television

Television and Civil Society

Wellsprings of Our Discontent with Television

Television and Advertising

Television and Government

Television and Contemporary Culture

Art for Whose Sake?

What Everyone Must Know About Television

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

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