Legitimating Television

Legitimating Television

Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status explores how and why television is gaining a new level of cultural respectability in the 21st century.

Author: Michael Z Newman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136942723

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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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 "plug-in drug" 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 television’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 "ordinary" television associated with the past, distancing the television of the present from the feminized and mass audiences assumed to be inherent to the "old" 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 taste—whether TV is "good" or "bad"—and to focus instead on the cultural, political, and economic issues at stake in television’s transformation in the digital age.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television Cities

Television Cities

“Is Television Studies History?”; Newman and Levine, Legitimating Television; Gray and Lotz, Television Studies. 19. Polan explicitly addresses some of ...

Author: Charlotte Brunsdon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822372516

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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In Television Cities Charlotte Brunsdon traces television's representations of metropolitan spaces to show how they reflect the medium's history and evolution, thereby challenging the prevalent assumptions about television as quintessentially suburban. Brunsdon shows how the BBC's presentation of 1960s Paris in the detective series Maigret signals British culture's engagement with twentieth-century modernity and continental Europe, while various portrayals of London—ranging from Dickens adaptations to the 1950s nostalgia of Call the Midwife—demonstrate Britain's complicated transition from Victorian metropole to postcolonial social democracy. Finally, an analysis of The Wire’s acclaimed examination of Baltimore, marks the profound shifts in the ways television is now made and consumed. Illuminating the myriad factors that make television cities, Brunsdon complicates our understanding of how television shapes perceptions of urban spaces, both familiar and unknown.
Categories: Performing Arts

How to Watch Television Second Edition

How to Watch Television  Second Edition

New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016. Newman, Michael, and Elana Levine. Legitimating Television. New York: Routledge, 2011. Stadel, Luke.

Author: Ethan Thompson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479890668

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

View: 355

A new edition that brings the ways we watch and think about television up to the present We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it “good” or “bad.” Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television, Second Edition brings together forty original essays—more than half of which are new to this edition—from today’s leading scholars on television culture, who write about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a single television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. From fashioning blackness in Empire to representation in Orange is the New Black and from the role of the reboot in Gilmore Girls to the function of changing political atmospheres in Roseanne, these essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast, streaming, and cable. Addressing shows from TV’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of the medium, How to Watch Television, Second Edition is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. To access additional essays from the first edition, visit the "links" tab at nyupress.org/9781479898817/how-to-watch-television-second-edition/.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television in the Age of Radio

Television in the Age of Radio

Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (New York: Routledge, 2011). See also Max Dawson, ...

Author: Philip W. Sewell

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813562711

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 388

Television existed for a long time before it became commonplace in American homes. Even as cars, jazz, film, and radio heralded the modern age, television haunted the modern imagination. During the 1920s and 1930s, U.S. television was a topic of conversation and speculation. Was it technically feasible? Could it be commercially viable? What would it look like? How might it serve the public interest? And what was its place in the modern future? These questions were not just asked by the American public, but also posed by the people intimately involved in television’s creation. Their answers may have been self-serving, but they were also statements of aspiration. Idealistic imaginations of the medium and its impact on social relations became a de facto plan for moving beyond film and radio into a new era. In Television in the Age of Radio, Philip W. Sewell offers a unique account of how television came to be—not just from technical innovations or institutional struggles, but from cultural concerns that were central to the rise of industrial modernity. This book provides sustained investigations of the values of early television amateurs and enthusiasts, the fervors and worries about competing technologies, and the ambitions for programming that together helped mold the medium. Sewell presents a major revision of the history of television, telling us about the nature of new media and how hopes for the future pull together diverse perspectives that shape technologies, industries, and audiences.
Categories: Performing Arts

Genius on Television

Genius on Television

113, cited in Micheal Z. Newman and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television Media Convergnece and Cultural Status (New York and London: Routledge 2012), 91.

Author: Ashley Lynn Carlson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786497737

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

View: 477

Whether it's Sherlock Holmes solving crimes or Sheldon and Leonard geeking out over sci-fi, geniuses are central figures on many of television's most popular series. They are often enigmatic, displaying superhuman intellect while struggling with mundane aspects of daily life. This collection of new essays explores why TV geniuses fascinate us and how they shape our perceptions of what it means to be highly intelligent. Examining series like Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Elementary, Fringe, House, The Mentalist, Monk, Sherlock, Leverage and others, scholars from a variety of disciplines discuss how television both reflects and informs our cultural understanding of genius.
Categories: Social Science

Complex TV

Complex TV

For a less positive take on this transformation, see Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (New ...

Author: Jason Mittell

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814771358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 391

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Over the past two decades, new technologies, changing viewer practices, and the proliferation of genres and channels has transformed American television. One of the most notable impacts of these shifts is the emergence of highly complex and elaborate forms of serial narrative, resulting in a robust period of formal experimentation and risky programming rarely seen in a medium that is typically viewed as formulaic and convention bound. Complex TV offers a sustained analysis of the poetics of television narrative, focusing on how storytelling has changed in recent years and how viewers make sense of these innovations. Through close analyses of key programs, including The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men the book traces the emergence of this narrative mode, focusing on issues such as viewer comprehension, transmedia storytelling, serial authorship, character change, and cultural evaluation. Developing a television-specific set of narrative theories, Complex TV argues that television is the most vital and important storytelling medium of our time.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Danish Television Drama

Danish Television Drama

... of the 3 WHY THE WORLD FELL FOR BORGEN: LEGITIMIZING... 45 The Production of Belief: Bourdieu and Legitimating Television Culture from a Small Nation.

Author: Anne Marit Waade

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030407988

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

View: 669

This book explores how to understand the international appeal of Danish television drama and Nordic Noir in the 2010s. Focusing on production and distribution as well as the series and their reception, the chapters analyse how this small nation production culture was suddenly regarded as an example of best practice in the international television industries, and how the distribution and branding of particular series – such as Forbrydelsen/The Killing, Borgen and Bron/The Bridge – led to dedicated audiences around the world. Discussing issues such as cultural proximity, transnationalism and glocalisation, the chapters investigate the complex interplays between the national and international in the television industries and the global lessons learned from the way in which screen ideas, production frameworks and public service content from Denmark suddenly managed to travel widely. The book builds on extensive empirical material and case studies conducted as part of the transnational research project ‘What Makes Danish Television Drama Travel?’
Categories: Performing Arts

Post TV

Post TV

Pellow, Parks, and Park, The Silicon Valley of Dreams, xi. Newman and Levine, Legitimating Television, 152. Mittell, Television and American Culture, 272.

Author: Michael Strangelove

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442666191

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 653

In the late 2000s, television no longer referred to an object to be watched; it had transformed into content to be streamed, downloaded, and shared. Tens of millions of viewers have “cut the cord,” abandoned cable television, tuned into online services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and also watch pirated movies and programmes at an unprecedented rate. The idea that the Internet will devastate the television and film industry in the same way that it gutted the music industry no longer seems farfetched. The television industry, however, remains driven by outmoded market-based business models that ignore audience behaviour and preferences. In Post-TV, Michael Strangelove explores the viewing habits and values of the post-television generation, one that finds new ways to exploit technology to find its entertainment for free, rather than for a fee. Challenging the notion that the audience is constrained by regulatory and industrial regimes, Strangelove argues that cord-cutting, digital piracy, increased competition, and new modes of production and distribution are making audiences and content more difficult to control, opening up the possibility of a freer, more democratic, media environment. A follow-up to the award-winning Watching YouTube, Post-TV is a lively examination of the social and economic implications of a world where people can watch what they want, when they want, wherever they want.
Categories: Business & Economics

popul r

popul  r

... das fünfte Kapitel ihres Buches Legitimating Television mit dem Titel „Not A Soap Opera“: vgl. Elana Levine/Michael Z. Newman, Legitimating Television.

Author: Diana Andrei

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643508232

Category:

Page: 139

View: 939

Das Populäre erfreut und zerstreut, wir werden von ihm unentwegt beschallt und bestrahlt. Doch das Populäre entsteht nicht von ungefähr: Es entsteht aus bestimmten gesellschaftlichen Strukturen. Deren Normen formen und modulieren die Popkultur in der gleichen Weise, wie ihre Produkte uns formen und modulieren. In jedem Hit-Song, in jedem Blockbuster, in jeder Kult-Serie zeichnen sich die Spuren dieser Strukturen ab. Diese Spuren nachzuzeichnen war das Ziel der vorliegenden Texte. Unsere Autor*innen sind dicht an jene Artefakte herangetreten, welche uns sonst oft platt und nichtssagend erscheinen. Sie haben jedoch an ihrer schillernden Oberfläche ungemeine Potentiale ausgemacht. Was etwa lässt sich über die wechselseitige Beziehung von Judentum und Queerness anhand einer Amazon Serie sagen? Wie hängen Techno, Gender und Zitat zusammen? Kann die Konstruktion von Männlichkeit mithilfe einer Fernsehwerbung sichtbar gemacht werden? Was passiert, wenn wir Stereotype zerschneiden und neu zusammenkleben? Welchen Strukturen unterliegt unser Musikgeschmack? Machen Emojis Shakespeare subversiver? SYN geht diesen und weiteren Spuren nach und zeigt wohin sie führen, woher sie kommen und worin sie bestehen. Diese Suchbewegung führt von den Rändern des Beliebten, in den Kern des Geliebten und zurück. Wir wünschen eine gute Reise!
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Television Aesthetics and Style

Television Aesthetics and Style

Televisuality: Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television. ... Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status.

Author: Steven Peacock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781623562496

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 440

Although Film Studies has successfully (re)turned attention to matters of style and interpretation, its sibling discipline has left the territory uncharted - until now. The question of how television operates on a stylistic level has been critically underexplored, despite being fundamental to our viewing experience. This significant new work redresses a vital gap in Television Studies by engaging with the stylistic dynamics of TV; exploring the aesthetic properties and values of both the medium and particular types of output (specific programmes); and raising important questions about the way we judge television as both cultural artifact and art form. Television Aesthetics and Style provides a unique and vital intervention in the field, raising key questions about television's artistic properties and possibilities. Through a series of case-studies by internationally renowned scholars, the collection takes a radical step forward in understanding TV's stylistic achievements.
Categories: Performing Arts

Sporting Realities

Sporting Realities

Newman and Levine, Legitimating Television, 18, 5, 9; Charlotte E. Howell, “Legitimating Genre: The Discursive Turn to Quality in Early 1990s Science ...

Author: Samantha N. Sheppard

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781496217578

Category: Documentary films

Page: 246

View: 353

Sporting Realities is a collection that explores the sports documentary's cultural meanings, aesthetic practices, industrial and commercial dimensions, and political contours across historical, social, medium-specific, and geographic contexts.
Categories: Documentary films

Media Marathoning

Media Marathoning

Newman and Levine, Legitimating Television, 130. 44. Vanderbilt, “Nielsen Family.” 45. Jurgensen, “Binge Viewing.” 46. Caldwell, Production Culture, 305.

Author: Lisa Glebatis Perks

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739196755

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 246

View: 368

Media Marathoning analyzes readers’ focused engagement with story worlds. Drawing from qualitative studies of marathoners and textual analysis of commonly marathoned stories, this book presents a holistic look at the rewards, costs, and values that course through many marathoners’ experiences to chart the cultural implications of media marathoning.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

New Television

New Television

Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (London: Routledge, 2012). 8.

Author: Martin Shuster

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226504001

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Even though it’s frequently asserted that we are living in a golden age of scripted television, television as a medium is still not taken seriously as an artistic art form, nor has the stigma of television as “chewing gum for the mind” really disappeared. Philosopher Martin Shuster argues that television is the modern art form, full of promise and urgency, and in New Television, he offers a strong philosophical justification for its importance. Through careful analysis of shows including The Wire, Justified, and Weeds, among others; and European and Anglophone philosophers, such as Stanley Cavell, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, and John Rawls; Shuster reveals how various contemporary television series engage deeply with aesthetic and philosophical issues in modernism and modernity. What unifies the aesthetic and philosophical ambitions of new television is a commitment to portraying and exploring the family as the last site of political possibility in a world otherwise bereft of any other sources of traditional authority; consequently, at the heart of new television are profound political stakes.
Categories: Philosophy

Seeing MAD

Seeing MAD

Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status, 25. 5. Kurtzman and Elder collaborated on a second spoof ...

Author: Judith Yaross Lee

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826274489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 620

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“Seeing Mad” is an illustrated volume of scholarly essays about the popular and influential humor magazine Mad, with topics ranging across its 65-year history—up to last summer’s downsizing announcement that Mad will publish less new material and will be sold only in comic book shops. Mad magazine stands near the heart of post-WWII American humor, but at the periphery in scholarly recognition from American cultural historians, including humor specialists. This book fills that gap, with perceptive, informed, engaging, but also funny essays by a variety of scholars. The chapters, written by experts on humor, comics, and popular culture, cover the genesis of Mad; its editors and prominent contributors; its regular features and departments and standout examples of their contents; perspectives on its cultural and political significance; and its enduring legacy in American culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Examining The Wire

Examining The Wire

As Michael Newman and Elana Levine have written in Legitimating Television, the debate surrounding the quality of TV programming has coincided with the ...

Author: Ryan Twomey

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030459925

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 139

View: 471

This book examines The Wire’s authenticity and its establishment of the series realism. Along with tracing creator David Simon’s onscreen critique of numerous failed American institutions, the book focuses on the connection between authenticity and realism in three distinct areas: language, character, and location. While it is shown that The Wire is indeed authentic, the study examines occasions where the language, characters, and even the location are ‘curated’. Yet, while we can witness these moments of curation, it is The Wire’s unflinching focus on authentic dialogue, authentic characterisation, and an authentic location that makes the series the most realistic, and arguably the best, television show of all time.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television Studies

Television Studies

Morley, David and Charlotte Brunsdon, The Nationwide Television Studies (New York: ... Newman, Michael Z. and Elana Levine, Legitimating Television: Media ...

Author: Jonathan Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509531820

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 829

Television Studies provides an overview of the origins, central ideas, and intellectual traditions of this exciting field. What have been the primary areas of inquiry in television studies? Why and how did these areas develop? How have scholars studied them? How are they developing? What have been the discipline’s key works? This book answers these questions by tracing the history of television studies right up to the digital present, surveying emerging scholarship, and addressing new questions about the field’s relationship with the digital. The second edition includes an examination of how internet-distributed services such as Netflix have adjusted the stories, industrial practices, and audience experience of television. For all those wondering how to study television, or even why to study television, this new edition of Television Studies will provide a clear and engaging overview of key topics. The book works as a stand-alone introduction and, by placing key works in a broader context, can also provide an excellent basis for an entire course.
Categories: Social Science

The Aesthetics of Nostalgia TV

The Aesthetics of Nostalgia TV

2 (2012): 268–278; Elana Levine and Michael Z Newman, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status (New York: Routledge, 2011); Amanda D ...

Author: Alex Bevan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501331435

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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The Aesthetics of Nostalgia TV explores the aesthetic politics of nostalgia for 1950s and 60s America on contemporary television. Specifically, it looks at how nostalgic TV production design shapes and is shaped by larger historical discourses on gender and technological change, and America's perceived decline as a global power. Alex Bevan argues that the aesthetics of nostalgic TV tell stories of their own about historical decline and progress, and the place of the baby boomer television suburb in American national memory. She contests theories on nostalgia that see it as stagnating, regressive, or a reversion to outdated gender and racial politics, and the technophobic longing for a bygone era; and, instead, argues nostalgia is an important form of historical memory and vehicle for negotiating periods of historical transition. The book addresses how and why the shows construct the boomer era as a placeholder for gender, racial, technological, and declensionist discourses of the present. The book uses Mad Men (AMC, 2007-2015), Ugly Betty (ABC, 2006-2010), Desperate Housewives (ABC, 2004-2012), and film remakes of 1950s and 60s family sitcoms as primary case studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

Television for Women

Television for Women

Fickers, A. and Johnson, C. (eds) (2012) Transnational Television History: ... Newman, M. and Levine, E. (2011)Legitimating Television, London and New York: ...

Author: Rachel Moseley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317428480

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

View: 459

Television for Women brings together emerging and established scholars to reconsider the question of ‘television for women’. In the context of the 2000s, when the potential meanings of both terms have expanded and changed so significantly, in what ways might the concept of programming, addressed explicitly to a group identified by gender still matter? The essays in this collection take the existing scholarship in this field in significant new directions. They expand its reach in terms of territory (looking beyond, for example, the paradigmatic Anglo-American axis) and also historical span. Additionally, whilst the influential methodological formation of production, text and audience is still visible here, the new research in Television for Women frequently reconfigures that relationship. The topics included here are far-reaching; from television as material culture at the British exhibition in the first half of the twentieth century, women’s roles in television production past and present, to popular 1960s television such as The Liver Birds and, in the twenty-first century, highly successful programmes including Orange is the New Black, Call the Midwife, One Born Every Minute and Wanted Down Under. This book presents ground-breaking research on historical and contemporary relationships between women and television around the world and is an ideal resource for students of television, media and gender studies.
Categories: Social Science

Difficult Women on Television Drama

Difficult Women on Television Drama

Newman, Michael Z., and Elana Levine. Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status. New York: Routledge, 2012. Nurse Jackie. 2009–15.

Author: Isabel C. Pinedo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000342895

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

View: 801

Difficult Women on Television Drama analyses select case studies from international TV dramas to examine the unresolved feminist issues they raise or address: equal labor force participation, the demand for sexual pleasure and freedom, opposition to sexual and domestic violence, and the need for intersectional approaches. Drawing on examples from The Killing, Orange is the New Black, Big Little Lies, Wentworth, Outlander, Westworld, Being Mary Jane, Queen Sugar, Vida, and other television dramas with a focus on complex female characters, this book illustrates how female creative control in key production roles (direct authorship) together with industrial imperatives and a conducive cultural context (indirect authorship) are necessary to produce feminist texts. Placed within the larger context of a rise in feminist activism and political participation by women; the growing embrace of a feminist identity; and the ascendance of post-feminism, this book reconsiders the unfinished nature of feminist struggle(s) and suggests the need for a broader sweep of economic change. This book is a must-read for scholars of media and communication studies; television and film studies; cultural studies; American studies; sociology of gender and sexualities; women and gender studies; and international film, media and cinema studies.
Categories: Social Science

Appreciating the Art of Television

Appreciating the Art of Television

Jason Jacobs “Issues of Judgement and Value in Television Studies,” International ... Michael Z. Newman and Elena Levine, Legitimating Television: Media ...

Author: Ted Nannicelli

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317555575

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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Contemporary television has been marked by such exceptional programming that it is now common to hear claims that TV has finally become an art. In Appreciating the Art of Television, Nannicelli contends that televisual art is not a recent development, but has in fact existed for a long time. Yet despite the flourishing of two relevant academic subfields—the philosophy of film and television aesthetics—there is little scholarship on television, in general, as an art form. This book aims to provide scholars active in television aesthetics with a critical overview of the relevant philosophical literature, while also giving philosophers of film a particular account of the art of television that will hopefully spur further interest and debate. It offers the first sustained theoretical examination of what is involved in appreciating television as an art and how this bears on the practical business of television scholars, critics, students, and fans—namely the comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation of specific televisual artworks.
Categories: Social Science