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Textual Poachers - Television Fans and Participatory Culture (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Henry Jenkins Textual Poachers - Television Fans and Participatory Culture (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Henry Jenkins
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The twentieth anniversary edition of Henry Jenkins's Textual Poachers brings this now-canonical text to a new generation of students interested in the intersections of fandom, participatory culture, popular consumption and media theory. Supplementing the original, classic text is an interview between Henry Jenkins and Suzanne Scott in which Jenkins reflects upon changes in the field since the original release of Textual Poachers. A study guide by Louisa Stein helps provides instructors with suggestions for the way Textual Poachers can be used in the contemporary classroom, and study questions encourage students to consider fan cultures in relation to consumer capitalism, genre, gender, sexuality, and more.

The Geraldo Show - A Memoir (Hardcover): Geraldo Rivera The Geraldo Show - A Memoir (Hardcover)
Geraldo Rivera
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During my half a century in public life, my image and reputation have had more ups and downs than the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. I have been called savior and sinner, fool and wise man, crusader and exploiter, hothead and dope. I am routinely scorned, admired, beloved, and belittled--which one is usually based on when the viewer tuned in. Were you around for my early days as a crusading local newsman? Did you waste an evening with me inside Al Capone's empty vault? Were you watching when the bombs dropped in Afghanistan or Iraq, or did you tune in to the raucous talk show when my nose was broken in the best television studio brawl ever caught on tape? Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and my employment by the conservative rabble-rousers of Fox News--and, more recently, with the coming of the Age of Trump--my professional life has been even more difficult to define. How could a sincerely progressive native-born Jew-Rican New Yorker like me ever work for an outfit better suited to the vibes of Orange County, California, the Dixie, Appalachia, or the Mountain West? How could I not condemn and obstruct a wrecking ball like Donald Trump? Over five decades, I have met most of the era's good and bad guys, from Ronald Reagan to Charles Manson, Fidel Castro to Yasser Arafat, Muhammad Ali to John Lennon, and Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson. Two figure heavily in this book, both longtime friends: Roger Ailes, the disgraced yet undeniably brilliant creator of Fox News; and Donald Trump, once a flamboyant playboy, billionaire businessman, and now 45th President of the United States. At the vigorous twilight of a long and largely improvised life lived in plain sight, I have little left to prove. Faced with a series of random chances, for better and worse, what I made of my life is what I made of those chances. Time has enlightened and humbled me. Sincerely, Geraldo Rivera

Television and the Legal System (Paperback): Barbara Villez Television and the Legal System (Paperback)
Barbara Villez
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This book examines the American television legal series from its development as a genre in the 1940s to the present day. Villez demonstrates how the genre has been a rich source of legal information and understanding for Americans. These series have both informed and put myths in place about the legal system in the US. Villez also contrasts the US to France, which has seen a similar interest in legal series during this period. However, French television representations of justice are strikingly different, as is the role of fiction in offering viewers the possibility of acquiring significant understandings of their legal system. The book will be an important addition to the study of popular culture and law and will interest legal scholars, sociologists, and media scholars.

Jimmy Mcgovern (Hardcover, New): Steve Blandford Jimmy Mcgovern (Hardcover, New)
Steve Blandford
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This, the first book length study of one of Britain's leading television writers, Jimmy McGovern, links his work to key changes in British television over the last thirty years. McGovern's versatility has meant that his work ranges from soap opera to crime series, studio based single drama to art house features for theatrical release. The book therefore acts partly as a survey of the way that drama for the small screen has mutated and changed over a key period in its history. Steve Blandford's percipient and readable book extensively examines some of McGovern's most influential work, including Brookside, Cracker, The Lakes, Hillsborough and The Street. -- .

Death in Supernatural - Critical Essays (Paperback): Amanda Taylor, Susan Nylander Death in Supernatural - Critical Essays (Paperback)
Amanda Taylor, Susan Nylander
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Over fourteen seasons, the television series Supernatural has developed a devoted following of both fans and scholars. The show has addressed some big issues, including perhaps the biggest--death. This collection of new essays examines how death is represented and personified in the series, and how grief is processed in American society. Contributors discuss the show's explorations of the ultimate mystery, with topics covering American traditions and attitudes, folklore and mythology, resurrection, and grief and grieving.

Love You To Death - Season 4 - The Unofficial Companion to the Vampire Diaries (Paperback): Crissy Calhoun Love You To Death - Season 4 - The Unofficial Companion to the Vampire Diaries (Paperback)
Crissy Calhoun; As told to Heather Vee
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The only book that takes readers deep into the heart of Mystic Falls with an episode-by-episode guide to the fourth season of 'The Vampire Diaries'. Featuring bios of the cast, the story behind the creation of the show, as well as background details on the rich history and mythology, this is the essential fan bible.

Wheels Rolling at Eight (Paperback): Arthur Anderson Wheels Rolling at Eight (Paperback)
Arthur Anderson
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Up the creek without a paddle (almost) in Papua New Guinea; a sheep's nose and silver horns in Kabardino-Balkarskaya; dancing with horses on the Hungarian plains; chasing whales in Newfoundland; snooker with a frozen goose; at home with the family linked to the plot to assassinate Hitler and receiving a hair tonic from the Chinese - by mouth. A farmer's son from south-west Scotland, Arthur Anderson began work in 1961 as a copy boy on "The Scotsman" in Edinburgh shortly after leaving school at 16. As he looks back over a working lifetime as a farming journalist and television producer Arthur claims that these trials and tribulations were never even hinted at in his various job interviews.

Life on Mars - From Manchester to New York (Paperback): Stephen Lacey, Ruth McElroy Life on Mars - From Manchester to New York (Paperback)
Stephen Lacey, Ruth McElroy
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Life on Mars (2006-07), is one of the most talked-about television drama events of the last decade. Centring on Sam Tyler, a DI in 2006 who is inexplicably catapulted back to 1973 after an accident, the series mixes science fiction with police drama. This collection, the first extended account of Life on Mars, includes contributions by some of the most experienced television studies researchers, and extends the discussion to the series' follow-up, Ashes to Ashes (2008-10), set in 1981, considers the series' impact in the USA and the critical and popular response to the Spanish and American remakes.

Turning on the Mind - French Philosophers on Television (Paperback): Tamara Chaplin Turning on the Mind - French Philosophers on Television (Paperback)
Tamara Chaplin
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In 1951, the eight o'clock nightly news reported on Jean-Paul Sartre for the first time. By the end of the twentieth century, more than 3,500 programs dealing with philosophy and its practitioners--including Bachelard, Badiou, Foucault, Lyotard, and Levy--had aired on French television. According to Tamara Chaplin, this enduring commitment to bringing the most abstract and least visual of disciplines to the French public challenges our very assumptions about the incompatibility of elite culture and mass media. Indeed, it belies the conviction that television is inevitably anti-intellectual and the quintessential archenemy of the book.
Chaplin argues that the history of the televising of philosophy is crucial to understanding the struggle over French national identity in the postwar period. Linking this history to decolonization, modernization, and globalization, "Turning On the Mind "claims that we can understand neither the markedly public role that philosophy came to play in French society during the late twentieth century nor the renewed interest in ethics and political philosophy in the early twenty-first unless we acknowledge the work of television. Throughout, Chaplin insists that we jettison presumptions about the anti-intellectual nature of the visual field, engages critical questions about the survival of national cultures in a globalizing world, and encourages us to rethink philosophy itself, ultimately asserting that the content of the discipline is indivisible from the new media forms in which it has found expression.

Chasing the Dream - An Autobiography (Paperback): Shaun Wallace Chasing the Dream - An Autobiography (Paperback)
Shaun Wallace 1
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Born on the 2nd of June 1960 to Jamaican parents, Shaun is a Londoner born and bred, and has been a devoted Chelsea fan since 1967. From the age of 12, Shaun knew he wanted to be a barrister and was determined to make it. Despite one or two setbacks along the way, he finally managed to fulfil his childhood ambition when he was called to the bar in November 1984. He has been a Criminal Defence Advocate now for nearly 34 years, and has worked tirelessly on cases ranging from murder to money laundering to firearms to drug trafficking. Shaun has also regularly appeared on British television quiz shows such as Fifteen-To-One, The Weakest Link, Greed, and Are You an Egghead?. Shaun catapulted to national prominence and recognition when, on the 5th December 2004, he became the first black person to win the BBC's renowned Mastermind. Since 2009, he has become a household name, regularly appearing as The Dark Destroyer on the smash ITV hit teatime quiz show, The Chase. Read how Shaun's passions have helped turn him into the man he is today: staunchly just and fair, ruthless when he needs to be, kind, fun, and a fiercely loyal friend.

A Sense of Place - Regional British Television Drama, 1956-82 (Hardcover): Lez Cooke A Sense of Place - Regional British Television Drama, 1956-82 (Hardcover)
Lez Cooke
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This pioneering study examines regional British television drama from its beginnings on the BBC and ITV in the 1950s to the arrival of Channel Four in 1982. It discusses the ways in which regionalism, regional culture and regional identity have been defined, outlines the history of regional broadcasting in the UK, and includes two detailed case studies - of Granada Television and BBC English Regions Drama - representing contrasting examples of regional television drama during what is often described as the 'golden age' of British television. The conclusion brings the study up to date by discussing recent developments in regional drama production, and by considering future possibilities. Written in a scholarly but accessible style, the book uncovers a forgotten history of British television drama that will be of interest to lecturers and students of media and cultural studies, as well as the general reader with an interest in the history of British television. -- .

Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader (Paperback, 2nd edition): Charlotte Brunsdon, Lynn Spigel Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Charlotte Brunsdon, Lynn Spigel
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The first edition of this book immediately became a defining text for feminist television criticism, with an influence extending across television, media and screen studies and the second edition will be similarly agenda-setting. Completely revised and updated throughout, it takes into account the changes in the television industry, the academic field of television studies and the culture and politics of feminist movements.

. . With fifteen of the eighteen extracts being new to the second edition, the readings offer a detailed analysis of a wide range of case studies, topics and approaches, including genres, audiences, performers and programmes such as 'Sex and the City', Prime Suspect, Oprah and Buffy.

. . With a new introduction to the volume tracing developments in the field and introductions to each thematic section, the editors engage in a series of debates surrounding the main issues of feminist television scholarship. They explore how television represents feminism and consider how critics themselves have created feminism and post-feminism as historical categories and political identities. Readings consider women who are engaged in various aspects of television production on both sides of the camera and examine how television targets and imagines its female audience, as well as how women respond to and use television in their everyday lives.

. . "Feminist Television Criticism" is inspiring reading for film, media, cultural and gender studies students.

. . "Contributors: Ien Ang, Jane Arthurs, Sarah Banet-Weiser, Karen Boyle, Marsha F. Cassidy, Geok-lian Chua, Bonnie J. Dow, Joanne Hollows, Deborah Jermyn, Annette Kuhn, Elizabeth MacLachlan, Purnima Mankekar, TaniaModleski, Laurie Ouellette, Yeidy M. Rivero, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Kimberly Springer, Ksenija Vidmar-Horvat, Susan J. Wolfe.,"

This Time Round (Paperback): Ray Quinn This Time Round (Paperback)
Ray Quinn 1
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All Ray Quinn ever wanted to be was an entertainer. From his early childhood he wanted to perform. Starting dancing classes at the age of three he went on to represent his country and win. He then starred in Brookside until the show cancelled in his mid-teens. Reality hit home as work started to dry up. When given the option of the stage in London or 'X-Factor', he went for X-Factor and came second. A record deal in hand and a platinum selling album under his belt, what could go wrong? This is the gripping story of a young man who soaked up the Limelight and thought it would never end. A compelling read for those who want to know what really goes on in the entertainment business; the contracts, the people, the money, the life style.

TV Creators - Conversations with America's Top Producers of Television Drama (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): James L.... TV Creators - Conversations with America's Top Producers of Television Drama (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
James L. Longworth
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Meaningful dialogues with twelve of today's top writers and producers of quality television drama.

This sequel provides yet another dozen of today's most acclaimed writers and producers an open, uncensored forum in which they discuss everything from their work ethic to the political, social, and economic issues affecting the television industry.

The West Wing, C.S.I., and Judging Amy are just a few of the dramas that launched a new era of television at the turn of the millennium. TV Creators gives scholars and fans alike an exclusive, firsthand account of the lives, philosophies, and contributions of some of the best television scribes of the past two decades.

TV Creators: Volume Two includes revelations such as Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) admitting that he is not a natural storyteller, and Martha Williamson (Touched by an Angel) announcing that "There is nothing more gender blind than an executive producer who desperately needs a good writer." Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting, Now & Again) confesses, "I always think that disaster is an inch away, " while Paul Haggis (Family Law) reveals, "I always like to do something that I think I can fail at."

Also interviewed are: Aaron Spelling (Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210); Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Roy Huggins (The Fugitive); Clifton Campbell (Profiler); Barbara Hall (Judging Amy); Anthony Zuiker (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation); John McNamara (The Fugitive); and Don Bellisario (JAG, Magnum P.I.).

Just Me (Paperback): Sheila Hancock Just Me (Paperback)
Sheila Hancock 1
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'Well now, prove it, Sheila. As John would say, "Put your money where your mouth is." Be a depressed widow boring the arse off everyone, or get on with life. Your choice.' In The Two of Us Sheila relived her life with John Thaw - years packed with love and family, delight and despair. And then she looked ahead. What next? Gardening, grannying and grumbling, while they all had their pleasures, weren't going to fill the aching void that John had left. 'Live adventurously', a Quaker advice, was hovering around her brain. Putting her and John's much loved house in France on the market she embarked on a series of journeys. She tried holidaying alone, contending with invisibility and budget flights. She tried travelling in a group, but the questions she wanted to ask were never the ones the guide wanted to answer. She tried relaxing - harder than you might think. Finally, heading out of her comfort zone, she found her travels, and the things she discovered, led her back to her past; to consider her generation - the last to experience the Second World War - and the kind of person it made her. Just Me is a book about moving on, but it is also about looking back, and looking anew. Sheila, whether facing down burglars and Easyjet staff or making friends with waiters and taxi drivers, whether unearthing secrets in Budapest, getting arrested in Thailand, exulting in the art of Venice or searching for a decent cup of coffee in Dorset, is never less than stimulating company. Honest - because if you can't say what you think at seventy-three, when can you? - insightful and wonderfully down to earth, she is a woman seizing the future with wit, gusto and curiosity, on her own.

Gothic Television (Paperback): Helen Wheatley Gothic Television (Paperback)
Helen Wheatley
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Gothic television is the first full length study of the Gothic released on British and US television. An historical account, the book combines detailed archival research with analyses of key programmes, from Mystery and Imagination and Dark Shadows, to The Woman in White and Twin Peaks, and uncovers an aspect of television drama history which has, until now, remained critically unexplored. While some have seen television as too literal or homely a medium to successfully present Gothic fictions, Gothic television argues that the genre, in its many guises, is, and has always been, well-suited to television as a domestic medium, given the genre's obsessions with haunted houses and troubled families. This book will be of interest to lecturers and students across a number of disciplines including television studies, Gothic studies, and adaptation studies, as well as to the general reader with an interest in the Gothic, and in the history of television drama. -- .

Awake and Singing - Six Great American Jewish Plays (Paperback, New ed): Ellen Schiff Awake and Singing - Six Great American Jewish Plays (Paperback, New ed)
Ellen Schiff
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Jewish playwrights and plays of Jewish interest intended for general audiences have been increasingly conspicuous on the American stage since the early 20th century. No wonder. The evolution of Jewish life in America teems with richly dramatic material: immigration making it intergenerational family relationships the impact of the Great Depression two World Wars the Holocaust the establishment of Israel and the emergence of feminism and alternative life styles. And pre-eminently and enduringly the dilemma of identity: how to acculturate without losing one's Jewish identity. A retrospective of the American Jewish repertoire of the last 80 years tells us a good deal about how Jews have perceived themselves and America and how America has perceived Jews.THSchiff's collections EAwake and SingingE (1995) and EFruitful and MultiplyingE (1996) were the first ever to represent the magnitude and importance of the American Jewish repertoire. This new edition brings together five plays from those pioneering anthologies: Elmer Rice's ECounsellor-at-LawE; Clifford Odets' EAwake and Sing!E; Sylvia Regan's EMorning StarE; Paddy Chayefsky's EThe Tenth ManE; and Herb Gardner's EConversations with My FatherE. They are joined by EBroken GlassE Arthur Miller's first play to focus specifically on deeply disturbing American Jewish problems: assimilation self-hatred and terrified awareness of the Nazi threat to European co-religionists. The introductory essay provides a cultural and historical overview and there are generous headnotes to each play.

The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield - Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All (Paperback): Karma Waltonen,... The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield - Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All (Paperback)
Karma Waltonen, Denise Du Vernay
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First aired in 1989, The Simpsons has become America's most beloved animation. It changed the world of television, bringing to the screen a cartoon for adults, a sitcom without a laugh track, an imperfect lower class family, a mixture of high and low comedy and satire for the masses. This collection of new essays explores the many ways in which The Simpsons reflects everyday life through its exploration of gender roles, music, death, food politics, science and religion, anxiety, friendship and more.

Supernatural Psychology - Roads Less Travelled (Paperback): Travis Langley Supernatural Psychology - Roads Less Travelled (Paperback)
Travis Langley
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A fascinating analysis of the psychology behind the popular TV series Supernatural. Following the adventures of two brothers who investigate deeply strange and paranormal mysteries in their never- ending road trip, the TV show Supernatural has many fans eager to better understand the psychology behind the series' themes and characters. Through 20 essays, this collection examines such issues as; the role grief and trauma play in the protagonists' lives, the various archangels and archetypes depicted, how people can cope with tragedy, loss, addiction, and fear to become heroes who do the right thing and the dynamics of fandom: how fans relate to the narrative, characters, and actors, and continue to engage with series through fanfic, social media, and other practices.

God Bless Hooky Street: A Celebration of Only Fools and Horses (Paperback): Grant Bull, Richard Colleran God Bless Hooky Street: A Celebration of Only Fools and Horses (Paperback)
Grant Bull, Richard Colleran 1
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Paul Martin: My World Of Antiques - Collect, buy and sell everyday antiques like an expert (Hardcover): Paul Martin Paul Martin: My World Of Antiques - Collect, buy and sell everyday antiques like an expert (Hardcover)
Paul Martin 1
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Paul Martin, famous for his passion for beautiful furniture, has been the hugely successful TV presenter on BBC1's Flog It! for the past fifteen years. In this book he reveals hitherto untold stories of fantastic artefact finds, and tells us about the key to success in trading antiques. As witty as ever, Paul takes on everything from pietra dura to Pop Art, from Britain to Australia, from trash to treasure. My World of Antiques offers a unique insight into the history of antiques thanks to Paul's boundless knowledge of people and places, be it Queen Victoria's royal life at Osborne House or Dame Lucie Rie's ceramic works in a London pottery studio after the Second World War. With a keen eye for detail and the influences that shaped arts and crafts, Paul brings current studies of antique objects to life. He invites us to join him on a journey to exotic countries that bear the mark of colonial trade, discussing rare discoveries that now sell for breathtaking prices at UK auctions. With his trademark charm and enthusiasm, Paul enriches his tales with personal anecdotes about dearly loved equine skeletons, celebrity acquaintances in the art scene, and childhood idols. All the while, Paul does what he does best: he gives us a taste of the wonders of antique pieces, and encourages us to open our eyes to the uniqueness and value of forgotten objects. This book is the perfect read for everyone who loved BBC's Flog It!, Britain's Hidden Heritage, and Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution - and for those with a heart for all things past and mysterious.

My Days - Happy and Otherwise (Hardcover): Marion Ross My Days - Happy and Otherwise (Hardcover)
Marion Ross
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Upstart Crow (Paperback): Ben Elton Upstart Crow (Paperback)
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"This does indeed deserve comparisons with Blackadder" Radio Times "A knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare." The Guardian It's the 1590s. William Shakespeare - brought to life on screen by the inimitable David Mitchell - is at the start of his career. But no one is taking him seriously. In London, he is mercilessly mocked by his rivals and at home in Stratford he is belittled by his sullen teenage daughter. Yet he is determined to find an ending for his newest creation Romeo and Juliet. Luckily, inspiration is forthcoming. The trials and tribulations of his closest friends and family reveal the plot twists he'd been missing. And not only for this famous tragedy but for many of his finest plays. With sparkling wordplay, hilarious gags and his trademark wit, Ben Elton celebrates the great William Shakespeare and reveals the startling stories behind the playwright's best-known plays.

The Art of Southern Charm (Paperback): Patricia Altschul, Deborah Davis The Art of Southern Charm (Paperback)
Patricia Altschul, Deborah Davis
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From Patricia Altschul, breakout star of Bravo's hit reality show Southern Charm, comes a lifestyle guide as refreshing and fun as a gin martini. "Patricia on #SouthernCharm, like lookin' in the damn mirror. Cheers queen." -Lady Gaga Fan-favorite Bravolebrity Patricia Altschul presents fans her coveted opus on etiquette and the glamorous Southern lifestyle. With the poise of a true grande dame, Patricia provides advice on every situation, from hosting a memorable cocktail party, to handling a drunken boor at the dinner table, to delivering the perfectly phrased insult-like her now iconic "shameless strumpet." The Art of Southern Charm takes readers inside the world of Charleston's most enchanting matriarch, who (with Michael the Butler) offers a blueblood's blueprint for curating and celebrating life at its best. "Some viewers might watch the Bravo reality show Southern Charm to witness the escapades of Charleston's young elite, but at T&C we watch just to see Patricia Altschul in action...She's the show's resident expert in decorum, manners, and entertaining...." -Emily Selter, Town & Country

That's the Way it is - A History of Television News in America (Paperback): Charles L Ponce De Leon That's the Way it is - A History of Television News in America (Paperback)
Charles L Ponce De Leon
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When critics decry the current state of our public discourse, one reliably easy target is television news. It's too dumbed-down, they say; it's no longer news but entertainment, celebrity-obsessed and vapid. The critics may be right. But, as Charles L. Ponce de Leon explains in That's the Way It Is, TV news has always walked a fine line between hard news and fluff. The familiar story of decline fails to acknowledge real changes in the media and Americans' news-consuming habits, while also harking back to a golden age that, on closer examination, is revealed to be not so golden after all. Ponce de Leon traces the entire history of televised news, from the household names of the late 1940s and early '50s, like Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow, and Walter Cronkite, through the rise of cable, the political power of Fox News, and the satirical punch of Colbert and Stewart. He shows us an industry forever in transition, where newsmagazines and celebrity profiles vie with political news and serious investigations. The need for ratings success and the lighter, human interest stories that can help bring it Ponce de Leon makes clear, has always sat uneasily alongside a real desire to report hard news. Highlighting the contradictions and paradoxes at the heart of TV news, and telling a story rich in familiar figures and fascinating anecdotes, That's the Way It Is will be the definitive account of how television has showed us our history as it happens.

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