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Making crime TV : producing entertaining representations of crime for television broadcasts

Author: Anita Lam
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2014.
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This book employs actor-network theory in order to examine how representations of crime are produced for contemporary prime-time television dramas. As a unique examination of the production of contemporary crime television dramas, particularly their writing process, Making Crime Television: Producing Entertaining Representations of Crime for Television Broadcast examines not only the semiotic relations between ideas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lam, Anita.
Making crime TV.
(DLC) 2013011296
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anita Lam
ISBN: 9781134114382 1134114389
OCLC Number: 895708517
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Actor-network theory; Case studies; Chapter summaries; Notes; 1. Setting the stage: a literature review and analysis; Part 1: literature overview; Cultural criminology; Subcultural criminology; Criminological aesthetics; Popular criminology and popular legal studies; Law and film; Part 2: analysis of the main approaches used tostudy crime, media and culture; Studying the cultural product; The cultural product as art: semiotic approaches to studyingrepresentations of crime and law. The facticity of cultural products: correcting representations ofcrime and lawCultural products as symptomatic of a culture's ideological leaning; It's about the message, not the medium; Presumed ideological effect on a mass audience; Studying media effects; Effects research on antisocial behaviour and fear of crime; Part 3: resetting the research table; Notes; 2. On method: trail-sniffing ants and breadcrumbs of reflexivity; Actor-network theory: on being a myopic, trail-sniffing ant; Convergences and divergences: how ANT fitstogether with the 'production of culture'perspective. Divergences: studying 'the culture industry'Capitalistic mode of production; Mode(s) of industrial production; Actor-networks of production; Convergences: themes, theories and findings; Uncertainty; Collaborative action; Dynamic movement; Doing television production studies in Canada; Accessing television productions; 'The right place and the right time': Toronto in 2008; Gaining access by mobilizing cultural capital; Methodological limitations; Notes; 3. Breaking The Bridge: documenting the heterogeneous knowledge inputs into the laboratory of the writers' room. Entering the writers' room, a lab intent on erasingtracesThe writers' room as a Latourian laboratory; Beating it out: the writers' room and breaking story; The Bridge: from here and now to anywhere and toanytime; Anywhere; Errors and Omissions insurance; Anytime; Showrunner's storytelling preference and artistic vision forthe show; Making 'bad apples' in Toronto: breaking'Injured Cop'; Local knowledge: the technical consultant's anecdotes andcompeting representations of policing; Newspaper articles; The technical consultant; Flashpoint; Conclusion; Notes. 4. The case of the missing 'bad apples': transforming 'Injured Cop' into the 'Unguarded Moment'Investigative procedure; Getting a clue: entering the kitchen; The 'nice' Italian steakhouse restaurant: the beatsheet (8 June 2009); The Mediterranean restaurant: the networkoutline (17 June 2009); The breakfast diner: network draft to full pinkproduction draft; Network draft (12 July 2009); Full white production draft (16 July 2009); Health and safety inspectors: standards and practices; Practical inspectors: the producers; The Asterisk; Lists; Closing the case; Law's role in the revision process.
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This book employs actor-network theory in order to examine how representations of crime are produced for contemporary prime-time television dramas. As a unique examination of the production of contemporary crime television dramas, particularly their writing process, Making Crime Television: Producing Entertaining Representations of Crime for Television Broadcast examines not only the semiotic relations between ideas about crime, but the material conditions under which those meanings are formulated. Using ethnographic and interview data, Anita Lam considers how textual repres.

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