- Explores the pervasive, persuasive, and powerful nature of television: among the most criticized phenomena of modern life, but still the most popular pastime ever
- Written by John Hartley, one of television’s best known scholars
- Considers how television reflects and shapes contemporary life across the economic, political, social and cultural spectrum, examining its influence from historical, political and aesthetic perspectives
- Probes the nature of, and future for, television at a time of unprecedented change in technologies and business plans
- Provides an up-to-date analysis of content and cultural uses, from the television live event, to its global political influence, through to the concept of the “TV citizen”
- Maps out a new paradigm for understanding television, for its research and scholarship, and for the very future of the medium itself
List of Tables.
1. Television Truths (Argumentation of TV).
Part I: Is TV True? (Epistemology of TV):.
2. The Value Chain of Meaning.
3. Public Address Systems: Time, Space, and Frequency.
4. Television and Globalization.
Part II: Is TV a Polity? (Ethics/Politics of TV):.
5. Television, Nation, and Indigenous Media.
6. A Television Republic?.
7. Reality and the Plebiscite.
Part III: Is TV Beautiful? (Aesthetics of TV):.
8. From a “Wandering Booby” to a Field of Cows: The Television Live Event.
9. Shakespeare, Big Brother, and the Taming of the Self.
10. Sync or Swim? Plebiscitary Sport and Synchronized Voting.
Part IV: What Can TV Be? (Metaphysics of TV):.
11. “Laughs and Legends” or the Furniture that Glows? Television as History.
12. Television in Knowledge Paradigms.