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Programming our lives [electronic resource] : television and American identity / Walter Cummins and George Gordon.

By: Cummins, Walter M.
Contributor(s): Gordon, George G.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 221 p.).ISBN: 9780313076169 (electronic bk.); 0313076162 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Television broadcasting -- Social aspects -- United States | T�el�evision -- Aspect social -- �Etats-Unis | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies | Televisie | Sociale aspecten | Verenigde StatenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Programming our lives.DDC classification: 302.23/450973 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction : the dominant medium -- pt. I. Our personal lives -- 1. Pictures in our heads : "watching" radio -- 2. Learning to watch : TV and perception -- 3. Watching together or alone : uniting and dividing -- 4. Mainstreaming : how TV creates norms -- 5. Amateurs performing : "reality" television -- 6. Airing our lives : broadcast revelations -- 7. The price of admission : commercials -- pt. II. Our democracy -- 8. Staggering costs : TV and elections -- 9. Pressure though pictures : governance and TV -- 10. Bleeding leads : news dissemination -- pt. III. Our society -- 11. Learning from the screen : television and education -- 12. Doctors and patients : television and medicine -- 13. Criminal justice : television and the law -- 14. Financing the game : TV and professional sports -- pt. IV. Our world -- 15. Broadcast cultures : TV in the world -- 16. Multiplying channels : the proliferation and fragmentation -- 17. Nothing out of range : the prevalence of TV cameras -- 18. The future of TV : technology, content, effects -- Conclusion -- 19. American life after sixty years of TV.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-212) and index.

Introduction : the dominant medium -- pt. I. Our personal lives -- 1. Pictures in our heads : "watching" radio -- 2. Learning to watch : TV and perception -- 3. Watching together or alone : uniting and dividing -- 4. Mainstreaming : how TV creates norms -- 5. Amateurs performing : "reality" television -- 6. Airing our lives : broadcast revelations -- 7. The price of admission : commercials -- pt. II. Our democracy -- 8. Staggering costs : TV and elections -- 9. Pressure though pictures : governance and TV -- 10. Bleeding leads : news dissemination -- pt. III. Our society -- 11. Learning from the screen : television and education -- 12. Doctors and patients : television and medicine -- 13. Criminal justice : television and the law -- 14. Financing the game : TV and professional sports -- pt. IV. Our world -- 15. Broadcast cultures : TV in the world -- 16. Multiplying channels : the proliferation and fragmentation -- 17. Nothing out of range : the prevalence of TV cameras -- 18. The future of TV : technology, content, effects -- Conclusion -- 19. American life after sixty years of TV.

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