Television Entertainment

ISBN-10: 0415772249

ISBN-13: 9780415772242

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jonathan Gray

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Television entertainment rules supreme, one of the world's most important disseminators of information, ideas, and amusement. More than a parade of little figures in a box, it is deeply embedded in everyday life, in how we think, what we think and care about, and who we think and care about it with. But is television entertainment art? Why do so many love it and so many hate or fear it? Does it offer a window to the world, or images of a fake world? How is it political and how does it address us as citizens? What powers does it hold, and what powers do we have over it? Or, for that matter, what is television these days, in an era of rapidly developing technologies, media platforms, and globalization? Television Entertainment addresses these and other key questions that we regularly ask, or should ask, offering a lively and dynamic, thematically based overview that offers examples from recent and current television, including Lost , reality television, The Sopranos, The Simpsons , political satire, Grey'sAnatomy, The West Wing , soaps, and 24 .
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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: what is television entertainment?
Art with strings attached: creativity, innovation, and industry
Broadcasting identities: affect, fantasy, and meaning
Television unboxed: expansion, overflow, and synergy
Keeping it real: reality and representation
Plugging in: politics and citizenship
Channel interference: television and power
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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