Seeing things - John Ellis

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Title
Seeing things - television in the age of uncertainty
Author
John Ellis
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
I. B. Tauris
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19991031

Television, the author argues, responds to two powerful desires of our age: it makes us witnesses of often traumatic events and it tries - and fails - to provide us with narratives that make sense of the world. The author makes sense of modern television, both by exploring its processes and in terms of its dynamic relationships with the cultures that provide it with raw material. Television, he proposes, offers us multiple ways of understanding the world, yet does not arbitrate between them. He explores this process as one of "working through", whereby television news takes in the chaos and conflict of the world and subsequent programmes of all kinds offer diverse ways of unravelling its confusions, from the psychobabble of talk shows to the open narratives of soaps, documentaries and dramas. By means of this working through, problems are exhausted rather than resolved. The author demonstrates how television's function in its new era is no longer that of building consensus; rather it uses all the means at its disposal, including sophisticated computer graphics, to mediate between conflicting approaches to our age of uncertainty.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Television programs - Social aspects - Great Britain.|Television broadcasting - Great Britain.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
193

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