A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN

A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN

by Ray Gamache


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This book traces the development and popularity of the sportscast highlight—the dominant news frame in the crowded medium of electronic sports journalism—as the primary means of communicating about sports and athletes. It explores the intricate relationships among media producers, sports leagues and organizations, and audiences, and explains that sportscast highlights are not a recent development, given their prominent use within a news context in every medium from early news film actualities and newsreels to network and cable television to today’s new media platforms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786449972
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Performing Arts/Television
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ray Gamache has taught journalism for more than twenty years. His articles have been published in published in American Journalism, the Journal of Sport Media, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, among others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Introduction: The Highlight Mythmaking Machine 7

1 Knockout Rounds and Rounding Marks 19

2 The Habit of Highlights 49

3 Bad Habits 67

4 A Dream of Carnage and the Electronic Monster 82

5 The Agony and the Ecstasy of Communication 104

6 Sports Junkies, Junk Journalism and Cathode Ray Sterilization 129

7 The Little Shop of Highlights 155

8 The Real Virtuality for an Audience of One 176

9 Highlights and History 198

Chapter Notes 211

Selected Bibliography 225

Index 237

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