Legitimating Television

Legitimating Television

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Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status explores how and why television is gaining a new level of cultural respectability in the 21st century. Once looked down upon as a qplug-in drugq offering little redeeming social or artistic value, television is now said to be in a creative renaissance, with critics hailing the rise of Quality series such as Mad Men and 30 Rock. Likewise, DVDs and DVRs, web video, HDTV, and mobile devices have shifted the longstanding conception of television as a household appliance toward a new understanding of TV as a sophisticated, high-tech gadget. Newman and Levine argue that televisiona€™s growing prestige emerges alongside the convergence of media at technological, industrial, and experiential levels. Television is permitted to rise in respectability once it is connected to more highly valued media and audiences. Legitimation works by denigrating qordinaryq television associated with the past, distancing the television of the present from the feminized and mass audiences assumed to be inherent to the qoldq TV. It is no coincidence that the most validated programming and technologies of the convergence era are associated with a more privileged viewership. The legitimation of television articulates the medium with the masculine over the feminine, the elite over the mass, reinforcing cultural hierarchies that have long perpetuated inequalities of gender and class. Legitimating Television urges readers to move beyond the question of tastea€”whether TV is qgoodq or qbadqa€”and to focus instead on the cultural, political, and economic issues at stake in televisiona€™s transformation in the digital age.21 Spigel, Make Room for TV (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992), 133a€“ 135. 22Judy ... 27 a€œSamsung, Microsoft Ink HDTV Alliance forNextgen Xbox Console, a€ Electronic News, May2, 2005, N.BethSnyder Bulik, ... 35a€œHDTV Home Entertainment Guide: Products, a€ UGO: Lifestylefor Gamers, http://www.ugo.com/ programs/verizon/entertainmentguide/products.asp. ... 39Leah Garchik, a€œStand UpTall and PullThat TV out of the Closet, a€ San Francisco Chronicle, August30, 1998, 2.

Title:Legitimating Television
Author: Michael Z Newman, Elana Levine
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-02-27

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