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The small screen : how television equips us to live in the information age

Author: Brian L Ott
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Television is one of the most important socializing forces in contemporary culture. This cultural history of primetime television in America during the 1990s documents a period of dramatic change, examining how TV helped viewers come to terms with their fears about living in a fast-paced, increasingly diverse, information-laden society. Ott considers changes that took place in programming, such as the rapid adoption  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian L Ott
ISBN: 9781405161541 140516154X 9781405161558 1405161558
OCLC Number: 82903088
Description: xiv, 199 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Television and the social change. The times they are a-changin' ; Television as public discourse --
Life in the information age. The information explosion ; Society through the lens of technocapitalism ; Social anxieties in the information age --
Hyperconscious television. Embracing 'the future': the attitude of yes ; The Simpsons as exemplar ; Symbolic equipments in hyperconscious TV --
Nostalgia television. Celebrating 'the past': the attitude of no ; Dr. Quinn, medicine woman as exemplar ; Symbolic equipments in nostalgia TV --
Television and the future. (Re)viewing the small screen ; Life and television in the twenty-first century ; The next great paradigm shift?
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Television is one of the most important socializing forces in contemporary culture. This book is a cultural history of prime-time television in America during the 1990s.  Read more...

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