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Watching Television: A Pantheon Guide to Popular Culture Paperback – 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: PANTHEON BOOKS; Reprinted edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MWZCUY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,084,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If the characters on television sitcoms sat and watched television as much we the actual watchers actually do, then we would never watch. Confused? You won't be after a romp through "Watching Television". The references to individual shows are dated, yes. And the still burgeoning VCR and Cable/satellite industries are underrepresented. But this was life before the WWW. (And before the WWF, for that matter.) The elegant point these essays make is that television makes itself irresistable by showing us things that we are convinced we can't get anywhere else. The fallacies and truths of that argument are the basis for this book. A thourough and engaging read.
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Watching Television, while getting a bit dated now, is a fascinating collection of essay about, yes, watching television. Looking at the effects of the MTV Generation, to populism in television news, to the effects of advertising, this book is a must read for anyone who is seriously interested in Media Studies.
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