How To Watch TelevisionAlas it may not be out in time for spring courses, unless it will only be used in the 2nd half of the semester. So stay tuned! What is television? At first glance, the answer might seem obvious, especially to anyone who has grown-up in a television-saturated society. But the question is trickier than it may appear, as television is far more multifaceted and complex than we tend to imagine it. For a useful parallel, imagine that you are on television —as a contestant on the popular game show Jeopardy! But this is a book about television, not chicken.
Television and American Culture
How To Watch Television
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In this study, one of the authors' basic points of agreement was that we should not limit our inquiries to the pros and cons of commercial television versus the educational television stations, which have been set up to do a specific task in so-called "educational" television. It was the Editor's aim to set television, for the first time, into a frame that shows how television fits into the culture which has created it, and to explore what its possibilities are in that setting. On the other hand, it was beyond the ambitions and limitations of this study, by authors who are specifically concerned with education, to plumb all the complicated range of the impacts of television on American culture as a whole. It was beyond our intentions, e. Aside from the very useful treatment in the chapter by Mr. Laurent of the Bricker Senate Report excerpts and replies and Appendices C and D from Business Week , there is no extensive treatment of the vast range of economic problems that the commercial use of television has created in the United States.
Jason Mittell is a professor of American studies and film and media culture at Middlebury College whose research interests include the history of television , media, culture , and new media. Mittell received his Ph. In the spring of , Mittell obtained an M. Mittell completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in , graduating with a B. Mittell taught Communication at Georgia State University from to His research interests include pop culture topics such as television history and criticism, media and cultural history, genre theory, narratology, animation and children's media, cultural historiography, and new media studies and technological convergence. He is currently writing a book on contemporary American television narrative.