Princeton University Library Catalog

Television : a biography / David Thomson.

Author:
Thomson, David, 1941- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2016, , ©2016]
Description:
412 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Summary note:
In just a few years, what used to be an immobile piece of living room furniture, which one had to sit in front at appointed times in order to watch sponsored programming on a finite number of channels, morphed into a glowing cloud of screens with access to a near-endless supply of content available when and how viewers want it. With this phenomenon now a common cultural theme, a writer of David Thomson's stature delivering a critical history, or biography of the six-decade television era, will be a significant event which could not be more timely. Over twenty-two thematically organized chapters, Thomson brings provocatively insightful and unique to the life of what was television.
Notes:
Includes index.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-398) and index.
Contents:
Introduction: The elephant in the room? -- Part one: The medium. Buy the numbers ; Where are you going, fugitive? ; Norma's sessions ; Oh, Donna! ; Gently "on": a new age of television people ; The sit and the situation ; Commercials ; Wasteland ; Is that an oasis? -- Part two: The messages. A play, for today? ; Talking heads ; Policeman, save my life ; The news, or Isn't there anyone? ; Women, wives, and wonderers ; The loneliness of the role model ; Mr. President ; Live? ; Documentary? ; Long form ; Laugh on/laugh off ; Eternally on.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780500519165 (hardcover)
  • 0500519161 (hardcover)
LCCN:
2016932145
OCLC:
940361929
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