Television : The Critical View

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Now in its sixth edition and with twenty new selections, "Television: The Critical View" sheds light on everything from the latest prime-time television programs to news, talk shows, and commercials. This well established and critically acclaimed text remains the leading collection of critical essays about America's most important medium of communication. Featuring expanded coverage of international programming and discussions about the reception context of television, television within the context of Postmodernism, and the decreasing influence of broadcast television, "Television" is an essential text for any course involving television studies or more

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  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 155.2 x 233.9 x 33.8mm | 1,074.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 10 line illustrations
  • 0195119274
  • 9780195119275

Table of contents

Preface; Television and the Present Climate of Criticism; I. THE PRODUCTION CONTEXTS OF TELEVISION; Disneyland; The Independents: Rethinking the Television Studio System; Feeding Off the Past: The Evolution of the Television Rerun; Women's Work; Women Characters and "Real World" Femininity; Once in a Lifetime: Constructing "The Working Woman" through Cable Narrowcasting; Television Production Technique as Communication; Kodak's "America": Images from the American Eden; Civic Visions: Forms of Democracy; II. TELEVISION TEXTS; The Triumph of the Prime-Time Novel; Media Effects: Marshall McLuhan, Television Culture, and "The X-Files"; IL Maresciallo Rocca: The Italian Way to TV Police Series; The Politics of Representation in Network Television; Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Feminist?; Beavis and Butthead: NO Future for Post-Modern Youth; Objectivity and Ethnicity in the Production of the Noticiero Univision; The Unspoken Rules of Talk Television; Barbarous TV International: Syndicated Wheel of Fortune; Public Discourse/Private Fascination: Hybridization in "True-Life-Story" Genres; Defining Media Events: High Holidays of Mass Communication; III. THE RECEPTION CONTEXTS OF TELEVISION; Multiple Media Literacies; The Struggle over Media Literacy; "The Front Row is Reserved for Scotch Drinkers": Early Television's Tavern Audience; Star Trek Rerun, Reread, Rewritten: Fan Writing as Textual Poaching; Making Distinctions in TV Audience Research: Case Study of a Troubling Interview; "The Cultural Debate of the Ages": History, Culture, and Media Politics in Public Reception; IV. OVERVIEWS; Television as a Cultural Forum; Prime Time Ideology: The Hegemonic Process in Television Entertainment; Television Melodrama; What Is the "Television" of Television Studies?; What Was Broadcasting?; Excessive Style: The Crisis of Network Television; Invisible Cities/Visible Geographies: Toward a Cultural Geography of Italian Television in the 1990s; For a Cultural Futureshow more

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