Television and Consumer Culture
Britain and the Transformation of Modernity
By (author) Rob Turnock
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Television and Consumer Culture by Rob Turnock
Book DescriptionThe radical expansion of television broadcasting in the post-war years and beyond both reflected and promoted a cultural revolution sweeping across British society. Reaching out to a mass audience for the first time, the new television industry made visible the transition from drab austerity and seeming cultural consensus to the brash, heady glitz and individualism of the new consumer age."Television and Consumer Culture" explores television's institutional, technological and programming developments during this period, revealing how genres as different as action adventure series, serious dramas, situation comedies and quiz and game shows simultaneously promoted both consumer culture and class conflict. Drawing on historical analysis and sociological theory, and looking at issues such as celebrity, scheduling, intimacy and sociability, Turnock argues that television during this era established and promoted itself as a culturally powerful force, a fact that has implications for the way that media power is understood to operate today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845110789
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rob Turnock
Television and Consumer Culture, Paperback (July 2007)
Explores television's institutional, technological and programming developments during the post-war period, revealing how genres as different as action adventure series, serious dramas, situation comedies and quiz and game shows simultaneously promoted both consumer culture and class conflict.
ITV Cultures, Paperback (September 2005)
Offers a range of perspectives on the complex and multifaceted history of a British commercial broadcaster, this book explores key tensions and conflicts which have influenced the ITV service. It shows that ITV has had to tread an uneasy line between public service and commercial imperatives, and between a pluralistic regional structure.
Interpreting Diana, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Rob Turnock
Examines the role television played in providing news about the event of the Princess of Wales' death. The book goes on to explore the reasons why Diana's death affected so many people and suggests that TV is integral to culture.
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Author Biography - Rob Turnock
Rob Turnock is Senior Researcher in Television History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Interpreting Diana: Television Audiences and the Death of a Princess (2000) and co-editor, with Catherine Johnson, of ITV Cultures: Independent Television Over Fifty Years
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