Make Room for TV

Author: Lynn Spigel
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226769631
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Between 1948 and 1955, nearly two-thirds of all American families bought a television set—and a revolution in social life and popular culture was launched. In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life. What did Americans expect from it? What effects did the new daily ritual of watching television have on children? Was television welcomed as an unprecedented "window on the world," or as a "one-eyed monster" that would disrupt households and corrupt children? Drawing on an ambitious array of unconventional sources, from sitcom scripts to articles and advertisements in women's magazines, Spigel offers the fullest available account of the popular response to television in the postwar years. She chronicles the role of television as a focus for evolving debates on issues ranging from the ideal of the perfect family and changes in women's role within the household to new uses of domestic space. The arrival of television did more than turn the living room into a private theater: it offered a national stage on which to play out and resolve conflicts about the way Americans should live. Spigel chronicles this lively and contentious debate as it took place in the popular media. Of particular interest is her treatment of the way in which the phenomenon of television itself was constantly deliberated—from how programs should be watched to where the set was placed to whether Mom, Dad, or kids should control the dial. Make Room for TV combines a powerful analysis of the growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in postwar America, offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the mirror of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.

Welcome to the Dreamhouse

Author: Lynn Spigel
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822326960
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DIVHistorical and theoretical essays on television and media culture by a leading feminist studies scholar./div

American Studies

Author: Janice A. Radway
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405113510
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American Studies is a vigorous, bold account of the changes in the field of American Studies over the last thirty-five years. Through this set of carefully selected key essays by an editorial board of expert scholars, the book demonstrates how changes in the field have produced new genealogies that tell different histories of both America and the study of America. Charts the evolution of American Studies from the end of World War II to the present day by showcasing the best scholarship in this field An introductory essay by the distinguished editorial board highlights developments in the field and places each essay in its historical and theoretical context Explores topics such as American politics, history, culture, race, gender and working life Shows how changing perspectives have enabled older concepts to emerge in a different context

TV by Design

Author: Lynn Spigel
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226769682
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While critics have long disparaged commercial television as a vast wasteland, TV has surprising links to the urbane world of modern art that stretch back to the 1950s and ’60s During that era, the rapid rise of commercial television coincided with dynamic new movements in the visual arts—a potent combination that precipitated a major shift in the way Americans experienced the world visually. TV by Design uncovers this captivating story of how modernism and network television converged and intertwined in their mutual ascent during the decades of the cold war. Whereas most histories of television focus on the way older forms of entertainment were recycled for the new medium, Lynn Spigel shows how TV was instrumental in introducing the public to the latest trends in art and design. Abstract expressionism, pop art, art cinema, modern architecture, and cutting-edge graphic design were all mined for staging techniques, scenic designs, and an ever-growing number of commercials. As a result, TV helped fuel the public craze for trendy modern products, such as tailfin cars and boomerang coffee tables, that was vital to the burgeoning postwar economy. And along with influencing the look of television, many artists—including Eero Saarinen, Ben Shahn, Saul Bass, William Golden, and Richard Avedon—also participated in its creation as the networks put them to work designing everything from their corporate headquarters to their company cufflinks. Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Kovacs, Duke Ellington, and Andy Warhol all stop by in this imaginative and winning account of the ways in which art, television, and commerce merged in the first decades of the TV age.

Television after TV

Author: Jan Olsson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822386275
Format: PDF
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In the last ten years, television has reinvented itself in numerous ways. The demise of the U.S. three-network system, the rise of multi-channel cable and global satellite delivery, changes in regulation policies and ownership rules, technological innovations in screen design, and the development of digital systems like TiVo have combined to transform the practice we call watching tv. If tv refers to the technologies, program forms, government policies, and practices of looking associated with the medium in its classic public service and three-network age, it appears that we are now entering a new phase of television. Exploring these changes, the essays in this collection consider the future of television in the United States and Europe and the scholarship and activism focused on it. With historical, critical, and speculative essays by some of the leading television and media scholars, Television after TV examines both commercial and public service traditions and evaluates their dual (and some say merging) fates in our global, digital culture of convergence. The essays explore a broad range of topics, including contemporary programming and advertising strategies, the use of television and the Internet among diasporic and minority populations, the innovations of new technologies like TiVo, the rise of program forms from reality tv to lifestyle programs, television’s changing role in public places and at home, the Internet’s use as a means of social activism, and television’s role in education and the arts. In dialogue with previous media theorists and historians, the contributors collectively rethink the goals of media scholarship, pointing toward new ways of accounting for television’s past, present, and future. Contributors. William Boddy, Charlotte Brunsdon, John T. Caldwell, Michael Curtin, Julie D’Acci, Anna Everett, Jostein Gripsrud, John Hartley, Anna McCarthy, David Morley, Jan Olsson, Priscilla Peña Ovalle, Lisa Parks, Jeffrey Sconce, Lynn Spigel, William Uricchio

Privatheit im ffentlichen Raum

Author: Ralph Weiß
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3663111466
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Das Buch untersucht die Bedeutung von Privatheit für moderne Gesellschaften, Privatheit im Fernsehen, Formen der Selbstdarstellung im Internet.

Das Jahrhundert des Kindes

Author: Ellen Key
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3861998173
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Ellen Key: Das Jahrhundert des Kindes. Studien Barnets århundrade. Erstdruck: Stockholm, Bonnier, 1900. Deutsche Erstausgabe: berlin, S. Fischer Verlag, 1902, übersetzt von Marie Franzos unter dem Pseudonym Francis Maro. Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2016. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Hanna Hirsch-Pauli, Ausschnitt aus dem Gemälde »Freunde«, 1900/1907.. Gesetzt aus der Minion Pro, 11 pt.

Mit den Dingen leben

Author: Anke Ortlepp
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh
ISBN:
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Ax, corset, and sewing machine - what do everyday objects reveal about a community? What significance do they have in history? In American cultural studies particularly, nothing is too small, no object too primitive to become the subject of historical research. In a methodologically and theoretically innovative way, the contributions to this volume show how national identity, but also gender and ethnicity, are significantly influenced by material culture. Everyday objects thus gain a key role in cultural history. Against this background, this volume makes key texts from the American cultural debate accessible to the German-speaking readership. Chronologically organized, it pursues the Thing History of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Angst im Kalten Krieg

Author: Bernd Greiner
Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS
ISBN: 3868545026
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Im emotionalen Zentrum des Kalten Krieges stehen die Angst vor Nuklearwaffen und das politische Spiel mit der Angst - "Angst Haben" und "Angst Machen". Gerade von den Mitteln, die größtmögliche Sicherheit gewährleisten sollten, ging maximale Gefahr aus. Wer glaubwürdig abschrecken wollte, musste den Gegner einschüchtern, verunsichern und ihm dauerhaft Rätsel aufgeben: Nie sollte er ein klares Bild von den eigenen Kapazitäten und Absichten gewinnen, nie gewiss sein, wie weit die Berechenbarkeit seines Gegenübers reichte. Ob und wann die vorsätzlich inszenierte Ungewissheit sich gegen ihre Urheber wenden, also just jene Aggressivität provozieren würde, die sie eigentlich hätte unterdrücken sollen, geriet folglich zum hintergründigen Reizthema der Epoche. Die Kommunikation von Angst im Kalten Krieg und deren gesellschaftliche Hinterlassenschaften - im Osten wie im Westen - stehen im Mittelpunkt des dritten Bandes der "Studien zum Kalten Krieg". 19 renommierte Historiker und Sozialwissenschaftler diskutieren diese Fragen und legen erstmals eine systematische Übersicht in deutscher Sprache vor.