Uses of Television

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How does television function within society? Why have both its programs and its audiences been so widely denigrated?

Taking inspiration from Richard Hoggarts classic study The Uses of Literacy, John Hartley's new book is a lucid defence of the place of

television in our lives, and of the usefulness of television studies. Hartley re-conceptualizes television as a transmodern medium, capable of reuniting government, education and media, and of creating a new kind of cultural teaching which facilitates communication across social and

geographical boundaries. He provides a historical framework for the development of both television and television studies, his focus ranging from an analysis of the early documentary, to the much-overlooked cultural impact of the refrigerator.

undergraduate level and above (Choice - July/August '99)

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Hartley (journalism, media, and cultural studies, Cardiff U.) reassesses the potential both of the medium itself and of the academic study of it. He looks at the history of broadcast television from its earliest moments, traces the critical reception it has received throughout, considers the effect of the vast and unknowable audience on the medium, explores the role of television in promoting cultural citizenship, and describes the effects of knowledge produced by the formal study of it. He suggests television can be seen in a positive light as encouraging democracy and citizenship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415085083
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 (Pre-script) Per-sona: selves, knowledge, books 1
2 What are the uses of television studies? A modern archaeology 15
3 TV studies as cross-demographic communication 27
4 Television as transmodern teaching 38
5 Teaching not power: ideological atrocities and improper questions 48
6 Knowledge, television and the 'textual tradition' 55
7 Brief encounters, khaki shorts and wilful blindness: television without television 71
8 Housing television: a film, a fridge and social democracy 92
9 Democracy as defeat: the social eye of cultural studies 112
10 Schools of thought: desire and fear; discourse and politics 127
11 People who knead people: permanent education and the amelioration of manners 140
12 Democratainment: television and cultural citizenship 154
13 Influx of the feared: democratization, schooling, cultural studies 166
14 Clueless? Not! DIY citizenship 177
15 (Post-script) Suburbanality (in cultural studies) 189
App. 1 Glossary of concepts and neologisms 204
App. 2 Do-It-Yourself TV studies 225
References 235
Index 242
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