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Television : a biography

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In just a few years, what used to be an immobile piece of living room furniture, which one had to sit in front of at appointed times in order to watch sponsored programming on a finite number of channels, morphed into a glowing cloud of screens with access to a near-endless supply of content available when and how viewers want it. With this phenomenon now a common cultural theme, a writer of David Thomson's stature  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 9780500519165 0500519161
OCLC Number: 940361929
Description: 412 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: The elephant in the room? --
Part one: The medium. Buy the numbers ; Where are you going, fugitive? ; Norma's sessions ; Oh, Donna! ; Gently "on" : a new age of television people ; The sit and the situation ; Commercials ; Wasteland ; Is that an oasis? --
Part two: The messages. A play, for today? ; Talking heads ; Policeman, save my life ; The news, or Isn't there anyone? ; Women, wives, and wonderers ; The loneliness of the role model ; Mr. President ; Live? ; Documentary? ; Long form ; Laugh on/laugh off ; Eternally on.
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A critical history of the first six decades of the television era traces television's evolution from an immobile piece of furniture with limited sponsored programming to a diverse, on-demand content  Read more...

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'Thought-provoking' - Evening Standard 'Unlike almost all critics, David Thomson is unafraid to see, to read, to experience or re-experience the story television tells as true history not a Read more...

 
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