Uses of Television

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 246 pages
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John Hartley's new book defends the place of television in our lives, suggesting that it reunites government, education and media to create a new kind of cultural teaching which communicates across social and geographical boundaries.Taking inspiration from Richard Hoggart's classic The Uses of Literacy, John Hartley considers the usefulness of both television and television studies. He re-reads the history of broadcast TV's earliest moments, tracing the critical reception television has received from the 1930s to the present. Uses of Television asks 'improper questions' about what television, and TV Studies too, have been for: about the effect of the vast, unknowable audience on television; about the role of television in promoting 'cultural citizenship' by means of 'transmodern teaching'; and about the effects of knowledge produced in the formal study of television.Via a consideration of neglected aspects of media and domestic history, from the 1930s film Housing Problems to Clarissa Explains It All, from the fridge to Umberto Eco's daughter, Hartley argues that this much-maligned medium can be reassessed in a more positive light. 'Democratainment' and 'do-it-yourself citizenship' are the latest manifestations of a civic and cultural education that TV performs even as it entertains.
 

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Contents

What are the uses of television studies? A modern archaeology
15
TV studies as crossdemographic communication
27
Television as transmodern teaching
38
ideological atrocities and improper questions
48
Knowledge television and the textual tradition
55
television
71
without television 7 1
77
The TV camera seems like the barrel of a giant cannon
79
a film a fridge and social democracy
92
the social eye of cultural studies
112
desire and fear discourse and politics
127
Collaging popular culture the state and university study 1981
195
Glossary of concepts and neologisms
204
DoItYourself TV studies
225
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John Hartley is a Distinguished Professor at Queensland University of Technology and Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University. Hartley is the author of 15 books, including "Creative Industries, A Short History of Cultural Studies," and "Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts," He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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