Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television
Television has taken firm hold of American life ever since the first flickering images replaced the disembodied voices innocently crackling from the radio. Ever present and evolving, television thrives at the crossroads of commerce, art, and entertainment. In Not Remotely Controlled cultural critic Lee Siegel collects his reportage and musings on this most hybrid medium. Whether chronicling the history of the "cop” drama, revealing the inherent irony in Donald Trump’s character on "The Apprentice,” or shedding light on those unheralded gems that Neilsen ratings swept away prematurely, Siegel gives each episode, series, or documentary the attention and respect usually reserved for high-art and dusty literature. Going far beyond mere pans and praise, Siegel has given long-overdue attention to America’s most pervasive art form: television.
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NOT REMOTELY CONTROLLED: Notes on TelevisionUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Hit-and-mostly-miss collection of 50-plus New Republic essays over-intellectualizing the boob tube's not particularly intellectual output.As the magazine's television reporter from 2003 to 2006 ... Read full review
Not remotely controlled: notes on televisionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Siegel (Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination ) informally reflects on all aspects of television-as art form, a cultural and business phenomenon, and sociological/psychological ... Read full review