Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 315 pages
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Arguing for respect and serious attention to be given to the medium of television, this manifesto takes on the conventional wisdom about TV, challenging allegations that it discourages literacy and encourages violence. David Bianculli seeks to define, explore and embrace the mass medium, heralding television as an ideal forum for art, information and education.

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TELELITERACY: Taking Television Seriously

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A ringing defense of TV as a forum for art, information, and education, and as a candidate in the more-cultured-than-thou sweepstakes. Bianculli is a TV critic for The New York Post, The Philadelphia ... Read full review


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David Bianculli has been a television critic for more than thirty years, currently on NPR's Fresh Air" with Terry Gross and at He is also the author of two books on television and its impact: Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously" and Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events".

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