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Demographic Vistas : Television in American Culture / David Marc.

By: Marc, David [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1996]Copyright date: ©1996Edition: Revised Edition.Description: 1 online resource (272 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812202717.Subject(s): Popular culture -- United States | Television broadcasting -- United States -- History | Television programs -- United States | Culture | Populaire cultuur | Popular culture | Social Sciences | Sociology | Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie | Televisie | Television broadcasting | Television programs | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular CultureDDC classification: 302.2/345/0973 | 302.2/345/0973 Online resources: Click here to access online | Cover
Contents:
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Foreword to the Revised Edition / Newcomb, Horace -- 1. Beginning to Begin Again -- 2. The Situation Comedy of Paul Henning: Modernity and the American Folk Myth in The Beverly Hillbillies -- 3. The Comedy of Public Safety -- 4. Gleason's Push -- 5. Self-Reflexive at Last -- 6. What Was Broadcasting? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Glossary -- Main Index -- Index of Television Series -- Index of Films Made for Theatrical Release.
Title is part of eBook package:Penn Press eBook Package Complete CollectionTitle is part of eBook package:Penn Press eBook Package Social SciencesTitle is part of eBook package:Penn eBook Package Archive 1898-1999 (pre Pub)Summary: In Demographic Vistas, David Marc shows how we can take television seriously within the humanist tradition while enjoying it on its own terms. To deal with the barrage of messages from television's chaotic history, Marc adapts tools of theatrical and literary criticism to focus on key personalities and genres in ways that reward serious students and casual viewers alike.This updated edition includes a new foreword by Horace Newcomb and a new introduction by the author that discusses the ways in which the nature of television criticism has changed since the book's original publication in 1984. A new final chapter explores the paradox of the diminishing importance of over-the-air broadcasting during the period of television's greatest expansion, which has been brought about by complex technologies such as cable, videocassette recorders, and online services.
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Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Foreword to the Revised Edition / Newcomb, Horace -- 1. Beginning to Begin Again -- 2. The Situation Comedy of Paul Henning: Modernity and the American Folk Myth in The Beverly Hillbillies -- 3. The Comedy of Public Safety -- 4. Gleason's Push -- 5. Self-Reflexive at Last -- 6. What Was Broadcasting? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Glossary -- Main Index -- Index of Television Series -- Index of Films Made for Theatrical Release.

In Demographic Vistas, David Marc shows how we can take television seriously within the humanist tradition while enjoying it on its own terms. To deal with the barrage of messages from television's chaotic history, Marc adapts tools of theatrical and literary criticism to focus on key personalities and genres in ways that reward serious students and casual viewers alike.This updated edition includes a new foreword by Horace Newcomb and a new introduction by the author that discusses the ways in which the nature of television criticism has changed since the book's original publication in 1984. A new final chapter explores the paradox of the diminishing importance of over-the-air broadcasting during the period of television's greatest expansion, which has been brought about by complex technologies such as cable, videocassette recorders, and online services.

Electronic reproduction. Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.

David Marc is Adjunct Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, and Visiting Professor, School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles.

In English.

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