Television as Digital Media (Console-ing Passions)

Television as Digital Media (Console-ing Passions)

By: James Bennett (editor), Niki Strange (editor)Paperback

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In Television as Digital Media, scholars from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States combine television studies with new media studies to analyze digital TV as part of digital culture. Taking into account technologies, industries, economies, aesthetics, and various production, user, and audience practices, the contributors develop a new critical paradigm for thinking about television, and the future of television studies, in the digital era. The collection brings together established and emerging scholars, producing an intergenerational dialogue that will be useful for anyone seeking to understand the relationship between television and digital media.Introducing the collection, James Bennett explains how television as digital media is a non-site-specific, hybrid cultural and technological form that spreads across platforms such as mobile phones, games consoles, iPods, and online video services, including YouTube, Hulu and the BBC's iPlayer. Television as digital media threatens to upset assumptions about television as a mass medium that has helped define the social collective experience, the organization of everyday life, and forms of sociality. As often as we are promised the convenience of the television experience "anytime, anywhere," we are invited to participate in communities, share television moments, and watch events live. The essays in this collection demonstrate the historical, production, aesthetic, and audience changes and continuities that underpin the emerging meaning of television as digital media. Contributors. James Bennett, William Boddy, Jean Burgess, John Caldwell, Daniel Chamberlain, Max Dawson, Jason Jacobs, Karen Lury, Roberta Pearson, Jeanette Steemers, Niki Strange, Julian Thomas, Graeme Turner

About Author

James Bennett is head of area for Media, Information, and Communications at London Metropolitan University. Beginning in April 2011, he will be Senior Lecturer in Television Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Television Personalities: Stardom and the Small Screen and a co-editor of Film and Television After DVD. Niki Strange is the founder of Strange Digital, a company providing research and strategy consulting for digital businesses and the culture, education, and public sectors. She is also a research fellow at the University of Sussex.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Television as Digital Media / James Bennett 1 Part 1 Switchover: Historicizing the Digital Revolution Convergence and Divergence: The International Experience of Digital Television / Graeme Turner 31 When Digital Was New: The Advanced Television Technologies of the 1970s and the Control of Content / Julian Thomas 52 "Is It TV Yet?": The Dislocated Screens of Television in a Mobile Digital Culture / William Boddy 76 Part 2 Production Strategies in the Digital Landscape Cult Television as Digital Television's Cutting Edge / Roberta Pearson 105 Multiplatforming Public Service: The BBC's "Bundled Project" / Niki Strange 132 Little Kids' TV: Downloading, Sampling, and Multiplatforming the Preschool TV Experiences of the Digital Era / Jeanette Steemers 158 Part 3 The Aesthetics of Convergence The "Basis for Mutual Contempt": The Loss of the Contingent in Digital Television / Karen Lury 181 Television's Aesthetic of Efficiency: Convergence Television and the Digital Short / Max Dawson 204 Scripted Spaces: Television Interfaces and the Non-Places of Asynchronous Entertainment / Daniel Chamberlain 230 Television, Interrupted: Pollution or Aesthetic? / Jason Jacobs 255 Part 4 User-Generated Content: Producing Digital Audiences Worker Blowback: User-Generated, Worker-Generated, and Producer-Generated Content within Collapsing Production Workflows / John T. Caldwell 283 User-Created Content and Everyday Cultural Practice: Lessons from YouTube / Jean Burgess 311 Architectures of Participation: Fame, Television, and Web 2.0 / James Bennett 332 Bibliography 359 Contributors 373 Index 377

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  • ISBN13: 9780822349105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780822349105
  • ISBN10: 0822349108

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