Legitimating Television Media Convergence and Cultural Status

ISBN-10: 0415880262
ISBN-13: 9780415880268
Edition: 2011
List price: $26.99
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Description: Legitimating Televisionexplores the increasingly prevalent idea that TV has gotten better. This notion, circulating in the popular press, the TV industry, and media scholarship, typically references shows like The Sopranosand new technologies like  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Legitimating Televisionexplores the increasingly prevalent idea that TV has gotten better. This notion, circulating in the popular press, the TV industry, and media scholarship, typically references shows like The Sopranosand new technologies like DVRs and HDTV sets. Across these sites, the cultural legitimation of television highlights the medium's rise in status from its previous reputation as the "idiot box" to a more respectable level, especially among cultural elites. But there are troubling ideological implications to this, as the upgrade of television's status comes at the expense of forms of TV deemed unworthy. These delegitimated forms are associated with audiences characterized by femininity and lower class status. By locating the upgrade of television's cultural status within the context of media convergence, Legitimating Televisionhistoricizes this development. It denaturalizes the discourses of television'¬"s legitimation, revealing their underlying significance. In analyzing the iterations of television's improvement, Legitimating Televisionconsiders the history of Quality TV, the rise of the showrunner-auteur, the sitcom and prime time drama, and the emergence of digital TV technologies such as flat-panel sets, DVDs, and DVRs. It calls for a critical engagement with discourses of legitimation rather than a naive acceptance of television's natural progression toward cultural respectability.

Acknowledgements
Legitimating Television
Another Golden Age?
The Showrunner as Auteur
Upgrading the Situation Comedy
Not a Soap Opera
The Television Image and the Image of the Television
Technologies of Agency
Television Scholarship and/as Legitimation
Bibliography

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