New television. The aesthetics and politics of a genre. (Book, 2018) [WorldCat.org]
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New television. The aesthetics and politics of a genre.

Author: Martin Shuster
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Even though it's frequently asserted that we are living in a golden age of scripted television, television as a medium is still not taken seriously as an artistic art form, nor has the stigma of television as "chewing gum for the mind" really disappeared. Philosopher Martin Shuster argues that television is the modern art form, full of promise and urgency, and in New Television, he offers a strong philosophical  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Shuster
ISBN: 9780226503813 022650381X
OCLC Number: 1016778342
Description: 272 pages
Responsibility: Martin Shuster.

Abstract:

Even though it's frequently asserted that we are living in a golden age of scripted television, television as a medium is still not taken seriously as an artistic art form, nor has the stigma of television as "chewing gum for the mind" really disappeared. Philosopher Martin Shuster argues that television is the modern art form, full of promise and urgency, and in New Television, he offers a strong philosophical justification for its importance. Through careful analysis of shows including The Wire, Justified, and Weeds, among others; and European and Anglophone philosophers, such as Stanley Cavell, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Heidegger; Shuster reveals how various contemporary television series engage deeply with aesthetic and philosophical issues in modernism and modernity. What unifies the aesthetic and philosophical ambitions of new television is a commitment to portraying and exploring the family as the last site of political possibility in a world otherwise bereft of any other sources of traditional authority; consequently, at the heart of new television are profound political stakes.

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