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Transmedia Television - Audiences, New Media, and Daily Life (Hardcover): Elizabeth Evans Transmedia Television - Audiences, New Media, and Daily Life (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Evans
R3,186 Discovery Miles 31 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The early years of the twenty-first century have seen dramatic changes within the television industry. The development of the internet and mobile phone as platforms for content directly linked to television programming has offered a challenge to the television set 's status as the sole domestic access point to audio-visual dramatic content. Viewers can engage with television without ever turning a television set on.

Whilst there has already been some exploration of these changes, little attention has been paid to the audience and the extent to which these technologies are being integrated into their daily lives. Focusing on a particular period of rapid change and using case studies including Spooks, 24 and Doctor Who, Transmedia Television considers how the television industry has exploited emergent technologies and the extent to which audiences have embraced them. How has television content been transformed by shifts towards multiplatform strategies? What is the appeal of using game formats to lose oneself within a narrative world? How can television, with its ever larger screens and association with domesticity, be reconciled with the small portable, public technology of the mobile phone? What does the shift from television schedules to online downloading mean for our understanding of the television audience Transmedia Television will consider how the relationship between television and daily life has been altered as a result of the industry 's development of emerging new media technologies, and what television now means for its audiences.

More Than Just A Good Life - The Authorised Biography of Richard Briers (Hardcover): James Hogg More Than Just A Good Life - The Authorised Biography of Richard Briers (Hardcover)
James Hogg 1
R532 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The term 'national treasure' has seldom been more appropriate. Richard Briers was not only the nation's favourite next-door neighbour thanks to his work in the iconic BBC sitcom The Good Life, he was an actor you felt like you really knew, despite having only seen him on stage or screen. While his role as Tom Good might be considered the pinnacle of Richard's sixty-year career, it sits atop a mountain of roles that combined represent one of the most productive and varied careers in British entertainment history. Indeed, Richard's television work alone makes up a not insignificant portion of our country's best endeavours on the small screen, from Jackanory and the anarchic Roobarb and Custard through to Dr Who, Inspector Morse, Ever Decreasing Circles, Extras, and the long-running comedy drama, Monarch of the Glen. On the big screen Richard appeared alongside Raquel Welch, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Kathy Bates and Michael Keaton, and he even taught Keanu Reeves how to act like Sir Henry Irving. But it was on the stage where Richard felt most at home as, in addition to testing him as an actor, it would often satisfy his passion for taking risks. Appearances in the West End were often interspersed with pantomime seasons or a world tour playing King Lear alongside Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. He was, as he always described himself, 'just a jobbing actor'. Anecdote-rich, this revealing but celebratory book will also lift the lid on the stories behind the shows, films and plays that made up this extraordinarily prolific career, not to mention Richard's working and personal relationships with many of his best-known collaborators and co-stars.

Shakespeare on Screen: King Lear (Hardcover): Victoria Bladen, Sarah Hatchuel, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin Shakespeare on Screen: King Lear (Hardcover)
Victoria Bladen, Sarah Hatchuel, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin
R1,864 Discovery Miles 18 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The third volume in the re-launched series Shakespeare on Screen is devoted to film versions and adaptations of King Lear. Bringing together an international group of scholars, the chapters provide new insights and perspectives on what constitutes 'Learness' in a range of films, TV productions, translations, free retellings and appropriations from around the world. Taking 'screen' in its broader sense, it also covers digital material such as video archives, internet movies and YouTube videos. The volume features an invaluable film-bibliography and accompanying online resources include additional essays and an expanded version of the film-bibliography.

Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture (Hardcover): Ethan Thompson Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture (Hardcover)
Ethan Thompson
R3,182 Discovery Miles 31 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this original study, Thompson explores the complicated relationships between Americans and television during the 1950s, as seen and effected through popular humor. Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture documents how Americans grew accustomed to understanding politics, current events, and popular culture through comedy that is simultaneously critical, commercial, and funny. Along with the rapid growth of television in the 1950s, an explosion of satire and parody took place across a wide field of American culture in magazines, comic books, film, comedy albums, and on television itself. Taken together, these case studies don t just analyze and theorize the production and consumption of parody and television, but force us to revisit and revise our notions of postwar "consensus" culture as well.

Moonlighting - An Oral History (Paperback): Scott Ryan Moonlighting - An Oral History (Paperback)
Scott Ryan
R621 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
If It Bleeds, It Leads - An Anatomy Of Television News (Hardcover): Matthew Robert Kerbel If It Bleeds, It Leads - An Anatomy Of Television News (Hardcover)
Matthew Robert Kerbel
R3,059 Discovery Miles 30 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

You've been watching television news forever. You're intimately familiar with the friendly faces and soothing voices that nightly tell you what's wrong with the world. You think you know everything there is to know about them. You're wrong.If It Bleeds, It Leads takes us minute-by-minute through two-and-one-half real hours of syndicated, local, and network information programming to uncover the truth behind what passes as news. Why is the only real difference between Jerry Springer and Dan Rather that Dan's guests usually don't need medical attention? How did a load of baking powder spark two minutes of high-strung local news coverage? It's all here: the personal revelations of talk show guests; the dangers lurking in your neighborhood; sports; sex; celebrity; power; and weather updates every ten minutes--all real material taken from real broadcasts designed to keep viewers glued to the screen.

Flow TV - Television in the Age of Media Convergence (Hardcover): Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne,... Flow TV - Television in the Age of Media Convergence (Hardcover)
Michael Kackman, Marnie Binfield, Matthew Thomas Payne, Allison Perlman, Bryan Sebok
R3,811 Discovery Miles 38 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From viral videos on YouTube to mobile television on smartphones and beyond, TV has overflowed its boundaries. If Raymond Williams' concept of flow challenges the idea of a discrete television text, then convergence destabilizes the notion of television as a discrete object.

Flow TV examines television in an age of technological, economic, and cultural convergence. Seeking to frame a new set of concerns for television studies in the 21st century, this collection of all new essays establishes television's continued importance in a shifting media culture. Considering television and new media not as solely technical devices, but also as social technologies, the essays in this anthology insist that we turn our attention to the social, political, and cultural practices that surround and inform those devices' use. The contributors examine television through a range of critical approaches from formal and industrial analysis to critical technology studies, reception studies, political economy, and critiques of television's transnational flows. This volume grows out of the critical community formed around the popular online journal Flow: A Critical Form on Television and Media Culture (flowtv.org). It is ideal for courses in television studies or media convergence.

Popular Music And Television In Britain (Hardcover, New Ed): Ian Inglis Popular Music And Television In Britain (Hardcover, New Ed)
Ian Inglis
R3,183 Discovery Miles 31 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Listening to popular music and watching television have become the two most common activities for postwar generations in Britain. From the experiences of programmes like Oh Boy! and Juke Box Jury, to the introduction of 24 hour music video channels, the number and variety of television outputs that consistently make use of popular music, and the importance of the small screen as a principal point of contact between audiences and performers are familiar components of contemporary media operation. Yet there have been few attempts to examine the two activities in tandem, to chart their parallel evolution, to explore the associations that unite them, or to consider the increasingly frequent ways in which the production and consumption of TV and music are linked in theory and in practice. This volume provides an invaluable critical analysis of these, and other, topics in newly-written contributions from some of Britain's leading scholars in the disciplines of television and/or popular music studies. Through a concentration on four main areas in which TV organises and presents popular music - history and heritage; performers and performances; comedy and drama; audiences and territories - the book investigates a diverse range of musical genres and styles, factual and fictional programming, historical and geographical demographics, and the constraints of commerce and technology to provide the first systematic account of the place of popular music on British television.

All Balls and Glitter - My Life (Paperback): Craig Revel Horwood All Balls and Glitter - My Life (Paperback)
Craig Revel Horwood
R99 Discovery Miles 990 Ships in 7 - 10 working days

As the most outspoken judge on "Strictly Come Dancing", Craig Revel Horwood is no stranger to controversy and is notorious for his cutting put-downs and often brutal honesty. In "All Balls and Glitter", Craig turns the spotlight on himself and is at his most candid yet. Craig tells his remarkable life story, beginning with his childhood in Australia, and spills the secrets of his celebrity encounters. Discover the sordid tale of his escape from his small-town home in Ballarat, aged just fifteen, to embark on a career as a song-and-dance man (and drag queen), and how his family past came back to haunt him.Uncover the intimate secrets of his straight marriage and gay relationships, and the treachery and heartbreak that accompanied them. And, hear all the details about Craig's fascinating career as a performer, choreographer, director and, most recently, as a TV star on "Strictly", "Fame Academy" and "Celebrity MasterChef". Craig has scaled the heights of show business and has worked with such legends as Dame Judi Dench, Julie Andrews, John Barrowman, Tina Turner and Olivia Newton John. "All Balls and Glitter" is unmissable, packed with breathtaking backstage gossip and showbiz secrets from one of the most captivating men on television.

The Return of Twin Peaks - Squaring the Circle (Hardcover, New edition): Franck Boulegue The Return of Twin Peaks - Squaring the Circle (Hardcover, New edition)
Franck Boulegue
R1,743 Discovery Miles 17 430 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Bigger than Hitler - Better than Christ (Paperback): Rik Mayall Bigger than Hitler - Better than Christ (Paperback)
Rik Mayall 2
R263 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R57 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this electrifying autobiography, Rik stands naked in front of his vast legions of fans and disciples and invites them to take communion with the blood he has spilled for them during his thirty year war on show business.

He invented alternative comedy with The Young Ones, he brought down the Thatcher administration with The New Statesman and he changed the face of global culture with his masterpiece Bottom. Not only was his number one single Living Doll the saviour of rock 'n' roll but he also rescued the British film industry with the vast revenues created by his legendary movie Drop Dead Fred. In 1998, he survived an assassination attempt and spent five days in a coma before he literally came back from the dead. Having completed countless phenomenal feature films, TV series, live extravaganzas and radio voice-overs since then, Rik Mayall is now poised on the brink of a whole new epoch-shattering revolution.

For the first time ever, Rik reveals in print the deep inner truth behind his gargantuan ascent to the pinnacle of international light entertainment the mental hospitals he has broken out of, the television executives he has assaulted, the drugs he has definitely not taken, the charities he has bankrupted, the countless pregnancies he has engendered, and so much more."

I'm Judging You - The Do-Better Manual (Paperback): Luvvie Ajayi I'm Judging You - The Do-Better Manual (Paperback)
Luvvie Ajayi
R320 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R45 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A truth-riot of a book!--Shonda Rhimes New York Times Bestseller #1 Washington Post Bestseller Redbook "20 Books By Women You Must Read this Fall" GoodHousekeeping.com "17 New Best New Books to Read This Fall" BookRiot "100 Must-Read Hilarious Books" Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist Now in development with Shondaland and ABC Signature Studios as cable television series Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the masses in this hilarious book of essays With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture, and fame, from addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some act right into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual.

The Inner World of Doctor Who - Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space (Hardcover): Iain MacRury, Michael Rustin The Inner World of Doctor Who - Psychoanalytic Reflections in Time and Space (Hardcover)
Iain MacRury, Michael Rustin
R3,071 Discovery Miles 30 710 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As Doctor Who approaches its fiftieth anniversary recent series have taken the show to new heights in terms of popular appeal and critical acclaim.The Doctor and his TARDIS-driven adventures, along with companions and iconic monsters, are now recognised and enjoyed globally. The time is ripe for a detailed analytic assessment of this cultural phenomenon. Focussing on the most recent television output The Inner World of Doctor Who examines why the show continues to fascinate contemporary audiences. Presenting closely-observed psychoanalytic readings of selected episodes, this book examines why these stories of time travel, monsters, and complex human relationships have been successful in providing such an emotionally rich dramatization of human experience. The Inner World of Doctor Who seeks to explore the multiple cultural and emotional dimensions of the series, moving back and forth from behind the famous sofa, where children remember hiding from scary monsters, and onto the proverbial psychoanalytic couch.

The Official Peaky Blinders Quiz Book - The perfect gift for a Peaky Blinders fan (Hardcover): Peaky Blinders The Official Peaky Blinders Quiz Book - The perfect gift for a Peaky Blinders fan (Hardcover)
Peaky Blinders
R405 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R64 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Are you razor sharp when it comes to Shelby family knowledge? Do you know The Garrison Tavern and its regulars like the back of your hand? Then summon your network of friends and foes and prepare to gamble for the title of true Blinder! By order of the Peaky Blinders. Inside The Official Peaky Blinders Quiz Book you'll find over 1,000 questions - from criminally easy to murderously hard - designed to put your Peaky knowledge to the ultimate test. So, don your flat caps, brush up on the iconic characters, lines and locations, and play against your biggest rivals to claim the title of most fearsome quiz gangster going.

Mexican Screen Fiction - Between Cinema and Television (Hardcover, New): Paul Julian Smith Mexican Screen Fiction - Between Cinema and Television (Hardcover, New)
Paul Julian Smith
R1,352 Discovery Miles 13 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Mexican cinema is booming today, a decade after the international successes of Amores perros and Y tu mama tambien. Mexican films now display a wider range than any comparable country, from art films to popular genre movies, and boasting internationally renowned directors like Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Guillermo del Toro. At the same time, television has broadened its output, moving beyond telenovelas to produce higher-value series and mini-series. Mexican TV now stakes a claim to being the most dynamic and pervasive national narrative. This new book by Paul Julian Smith is the first to examine the flourishing of audiovisual fiction in Mexico since 2000, considering cinema and TV together. It covers much material previously unexplored and engages with emerging themes, including violence, youth culture, and film festivals. The book includes reviews of ten films released between 2001 and 2012 by directors who are both established (Maryse Sistach, Carlos Reygadas) and new (Jorge Michel Grau, Michael Rowe, Paula Markovitch). There is also an appendix that includes interviews carried out by the author in 2012 with five audiovisual professionals: a feature director, a festival director, an exhibitor, a producer, and a TV screenwriter. Mexican Screen Fiction will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars and essential reading for anyone interested in one of the most vibrant audiovisual industries in the world today.

Not Your Average Zombie - Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks (Hardcover): Chera Kee Not Your Average Zombie - Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks (Hardcover)
Chera Kee
R1,820 R1,502 Discovery Miles 15 020 Save R318 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The zombie apocalypse hasn't happened-yet-but zombies are all over popular culture. From movies and TV shows to video games and zombie walks, the undead stalk through our collective fantasies. What is it about zombies that exerts such a powerful fascination? In Not Your Average Zombie, Chera Kee offers an innovative answer by looking at zombies that don't conform to the stereotypes of mindless slaves or flesh-eating cannibals. Zombies who think, who speak, and who feel love can be sympathetic and even politically powerful, she asserts. Kee analyzes zombies in popular culture from 1930s depictions of zombies in voodoo rituals to contemporary film and television, comic books, video games, and fan practices such as zombie walks. She discusses how the zombie has embodied our fears of losing the self through slavery and cannibalism and shows how "extra-ordinary" zombies defy that loss of free will by refusing to be dehumanized. By challenging their masters, falling in love, and leading rebellions, "extra-ordinary" zombies become figures of liberation and resistance. Kee also thoroughly investigates how representations of racial and gendered identities in zombie texts offer opportunities for living people to gain agency over their lives. Not Your Average Zombie thus deepens and broadens our understanding of how media producers and consumers take up and use these undead figures to make political interventions in the world of the living.

Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Paperback, New Ed): Janet K. Halfyard, Paul Attinello, Vanessa Knights Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Paperback, New Ed)
Janet K. Halfyard, Paul Attinello, Vanessa Knights
R1,002 Discovery Miles 10 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The intense and continuing popularity of the long-running television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) has long been matched by the range and depth of the academic critical response. This volume, the first devoted to the show's imaginative and widely varied use of music, sound, and silence, helps to develop an increasingly important and inadequately covered area of research - the many roles of music in contemporary television. In addressing this significant gap, this book provides an exemplary overview of the functions of music and sound in the interpretation of a television show. This is done through analyses that focus on scoring and source music, the title theme, the music production process, the critically acclaimed musical episode (voted number 13 in Channel Four's One Hundred Greatest Musicals), the symbolic and dramatic use of silence, and the popular reception of the show by its international fan base. In keeping with contemporary trends in the study of popular musics, a variety of critical approaches are taken from musicology, cultural studies, and media and communication studies, specifically employing critique, musical analysis, industry studies, and hermeneutics.

Screening Gender on Children's Television - The Views of Producers around the World (Hardcover, New): Dafna Lemish Screening Gender on Children's Television - The Views of Producers around the World (Hardcover, New)
Dafna Lemish
R2,878 Discovery Miles 28 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Screening Gender on Children's Television offers readers insights into the transformations taking place in the presentation of gender portrayals in television productions aimed at younger audiences. It goes far beyond a critical analysis of the existing portrayals of gender and culture by sharing media professionals' action-oriented recommendations for change that would promote gender equity, social diversity and the wellbeing of children.

Incorporating the author's interviews with 135 producers of children's television from 65 countries, this book discusses the role television plays in the lives of young people and, more specifically, in developing gender identity. It examines how gender images presented to children on television are intertwined with important existential and cultural concerns that occupy the social agenda worldwide, including the promotion of education for girls, prevention of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence and caring for 'neglected' boys who lack healthy masculine role models, as well as confronting the pressures of the beauty myth.

Screening Gender on Children's Television also explores how children's television producers struggle to portray issues such as sex/sexuality and the preservation of local cultures in a profit-driven market which continually strives to reinforce gender segregation. The author documents pro-active attempts by producers to advance social change, illustrating how television can serve to provide positive, empowering images for children around the world.

Screening Gender on Children's Television is an accessible text which will appeal to a wide audience of media practitioners as well as students and scholars. It will be useful on a range of courses, including popular culture, gender, television and media studies. Researchers will also be interested in the breadth of this cross-cultural study and its interviewing methodology.

Documentary in a Changing State - Ireland Since the 1990s (Hardcover, New): Carol MacKeogh, Diog O'connell Documentary in a Changing State - Ireland Since the 1990s (Hardcover, New)
Carol MacKeogh, Diog O'connell
R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book explores key themes in current documentary from a number of perspectives social and political; digital technological and observational / reality. Framed by a substantial theoretical and historical introduction to documentary studies by the editors, the book then comprises a number of essays by practitioners, academics and academic-practitioners working in documentary in Ireland. The book charts key changes in Irish society over the past fifteen years as they relate to documentary practice and explores, through an array of diverse voices, whether documentary initiates and/or reflects these changes. The book situates documentary practice in the wider social, political and cultural context of recent Irish society.While addressing a common set of issues, the book will bring together a diverse range of reflections and comments, embracing issues of craft, art practice and social commentary, relevant to the experience of each documentary-maker as articulated in their work. Through a spectrum of views, "Documentary in a Changing State" questions whether there is a unique Irish tradition and anticipates future directions as the medium changes in response to the ever-increasing globalized world. The book captures the passion and the frustrations of the behind-the-scenes aspects of documentary making; acknowledges professional constraints and compromises; and explores key moments when Irish documentary instigated tangible changes in Irish politics and society. Documentary makers play a key role in contributing to a changing society and more liberal discourses, but are also themselves operating within a changing society and addressing increasingly sophisticated audiences."

Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hardcover, New Ed): Janet K. Halfyard, Paul Attinello, Vanessa Knights Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hardcover, New Ed)
Janet K. Halfyard, Paul Attinello, Vanessa Knights
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The intense and continuing popularity of the long-running television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) has long been matched by the range and depth of the academic critical response. This volume, the first devoted to the show's imaginative and widely varied use of music, sound, and silence, helps to develop an increasingly important and inadequately covered area of research - the many roles of music in contemporary television. In addressing this significant gap, this book provides an exemplary overview of the functions of music and sound in the interpretation of a television show. This is done through analyses that focus on scoring and source music, the title theme, the music production process, the critically acclaimed musical episode (voted number 13 in Channel Four's One Hundred Greatest Musicals), the symbolic and dramatic use of silence, and the popular reception of the show by its international fan base. In keeping with contemporary trends in the study of popular musics, a variety of critical approaches are taken from musicology, cultural studies, and media and communication studies, specifically employing critique, musical analysis, industry studies, and hermeneutics.

Watching TV Is Not Required - Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking (Hardcover): Bernard McGrane, John Gunderson Watching TV Is Not Required - Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking (Hardcover)
Bernard McGrane, John Gunderson
R3,308 Discovery Miles 33 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book uses a social worlda "today's undergraduate students' ubiquitous everyday experience of televisiona "as a vehicle for helping awaken students to the true possibilities for learning and their responsibilities inherent in achieving those goals. The book also introduces students to the social construction of reality embedded in the experience of TV. The lead author Barney McGrane is one of the most accomplished and successful teachers of sociology in the United States today and is also the co-author with John Gunderson and the late Inge Bell of the classic book for teaching This Book Is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual For Students.

Film and Television After DVD (Paperback): James Bennett, Tom Brown Film and Television After DVD (Paperback)
James Bennett, Tom Brown
R1,059 Discovery Miles 10 590 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Heralded as "the most significant invention [for film] since the coming of sound" (The Observer 2003), by 2005 DVD players were in approximately 84 million homes in the US, making it the "fastest selling item in history of US consumer electronics market" (McDonald 2007: 135). This book examines the phenomenal growth of DVDs in relation to the cultures, economies, texts, audiences and histories of film, television and new media. Film and Television After DVD brings together a group of internationally renowned scholars to provide the first focused academic inquiry into this important technology. The book picks up on key issues within contemporary media studies, making a particularly significant contribution to debates about convergence and interactivity in the digital media landscape. Essays consider DVD as a technology that exists outside the boundaries of "new" and "old" media, examining its place within longer histories of home film cultures and production practices of the film and television industries, whilst also critically evaluating what is genuinely "new" about digital media technologies. From DVDs to downloading, peer-to-peer networking and HD-DVD, this book speaks of the rapidly evolving digital mediascape. Ultimately, Film and Television After DVD is a book that considers the convergence of film, television and new media and their academic disciplines through the DVD as a distinct cultural object, pointing to persistent questions in the study of audiovisual culture that will remain intriguing long after the shelf-life of the DVD itself.

Television and the Legal System (Hardcover): Barbara Villez Television and the Legal System (Hardcover)
Barbara Villez
R3,177 Discovery Miles 31 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Make Room for TV - Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Lynn Spigel Make Room for TV - Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Lynn Spigel
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Between 1948 and 1955, nearly two-thirds of all American families bought a television set-and a revolution in social life and popular culture was launched. In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life. What did Americans expect from it? What effects did the new daily ritual of watching television have on children? Was television welcomed as an unprecedented "window on the world," or as a "one-eyed monster" that would disrupt households and corrupt children? Drawing on an ambitious array of unconventional sources, from sitcom scripts to articles and advertisements in women's magazines, Spigel offers the fullest available account of the popular response to television in the postwar years. She chronicles the role of television as a focus for evolving debates on issues ranging from the ideal of the perfect family and changes in women's role within the household to new uses of domestic space. The arrival of television did more than turn the living room into a private theater: it offered a national stage on which to play out and resolve conflicts about the way Americans should live. Spigel chronicles this lively and contentious debate as it took place in the popular media. Of particular interest is her treatment of the way in which the phenomenon of television itself was constantly deliberated-from how programs should be watched to where the set was placed to whether Mom, Dad, or kids should control the dial. Make Room for TV combines a powerful analysis of the growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in postwar America, offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the mirror of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.

Reality Television and Arab Politics - Contention in Public Life (Hardcover): Marwan M. Kraidy Reality Television and Arab Politics - Contention in Public Life (Hardcover)
Marwan M. Kraidy
R1,387 Discovery Miles 13 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What does it mean to be modern outside the West? Based on a wealth of primary data collected over five years, Reality Television and Arab Politics analyzes how reality television stirred an explosive mix of religion, politics, and sexuality, fuelling heated polemics over cultural authenticity, gender relations, and political participation in the Arab world. The controversies, Kraidy argues, are best understood as a social laboratory in which actors experiment with various forms of modernity, continuing a long-standing Arab preoccupation with specifying terms of engagement with Western modernity. Women and youth take center stage in this process. Against the backdrop of dramatic upheaval in the Middle East, this book challenges the notion of a monolithic 'Arab Street' and offers an original perspective on Arab media, shifting attention away from a narrow focus on al-Jazeera, toward a vibrant media sphere that compels broad popular engagement and contentious political performance.

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