"TV FAQ" will make you a fully informed and knowledgable, entertained and argumentative TV expert. "TV FAQ" does what it says on the cover: it answers just about everything you've always wanted to know about Television, in witty and highly informative form and is written by a leading TV writer, thinker, educator and long-term producer. "'TV FAQ" takes commonly asked questions about TV - factual, technical, ethical, content-based, controversial, plain cheeky and answers them crisply and comprehensively. Each entry contains examples, ranging from a detailed deconstruction of an episode of "NYPD Blue", to the way that audience statistics are produced, and how television gains (and sometimes forfeits) our trust. Answers can be read down, across - with links between entries - or dipped into as required.
John Ellis is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London, and for 17 years ran the independent TV production company Large Door Productions. He is the author of 'Visible Fictions' (Routledge 1982) and 'Seeing Things' (IB Tauris 2000)".
SECTION ONE QUESTIONS ABOUT TV AS A MEDIUM 1. WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT? (INTRODUCTION) 2. WHAT IS 'TELEVISION'? 3. IS THERE SUCH A THING AS GOOD TV? 4. DOES TV DUMB US DOWN? 5. DOES TV DISTORT WHAT IT SHOWS? 6. CAN WE TRUST ANYTHING WE SEE ON TV? 7. HAS TV CHANGED POLITICS? 8. IS TV RUBBISH? 9. IS TV AN AGENT OF GLOBALISATION? 10. DOES TV EXPLOIT PEOPLE? 11. DOES TV MAKE YOU FAT? 12. IS THERE TOO MUCH VIOLENCE ON TV? 13. WHAT IS THE POINT OF JADE GOODY? 14. WHO WAS THAT? SECTION TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT TV GENRES 15. DOES NEWS MAKE US ANXIOUS? 16. DEOS WITNESSING TOO MUCH HORROR MAKE PEOPLE STOP CARING? 17. WHY DO TV STORIES NEVER SEEM TO COME TO AN END? 18. WHY ARE SITCOMS NOT AS GOOD AS THEY USED TO BE? 19. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DETECTIVE SERIES? 20. WHAT IS A PRECINCT DRAMA? 21. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SOAP OPERAS? 22. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SINGLE TV PLAY? 23. IS THERE TOO MUCH SPORT ON TV? 24. WHAT IS REALITY TV? 25. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHALLENGE SHOWS? SECTION THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT USING TV 26. WHY IS FOREIGN TV SUCH RUBBISH? 27. WHY DO THEY KEEP BREAKING THE RULES? 28. WHY DON'T YOU SWITCH OFF AND DO SOMETHING MORE INTERESTING INSTEAD? 29. WHY DID THEY AXE MY FAVOURITE SERIES? 30. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY REPEATS 31. HOW DO I FIND MY WAY ROUND THE REPEATS? 32. WILL ANY TV LAST? 33. IS ANY TV ACTUALLY LIVE ANY MORE? 34. WHY DOES ALL TV LOOK THE SAME? 35. WHY DOES OLD TV LOOK SO WEIRD? SECTION FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND THE TV INDUSTRY 36. HOW DOES THIS STUFF GET MADE ANYWAY? 37. WHAT IS A CHANNEL? 38. WHAT IS A SCHEDULE? 39. DOES TV EXIST TO SELL AUDIENCES TO ADVERTISERS? 40. WHY ARENT THERE ANY ADS ON THE BBC? 41. HOW CAN I GET A JOB IN TV? 42. WHO PAYS FOR TV? 43. WHO REGULATES TV... AND WHY? 44. HOW DO YOU WORK THE REMOTE CONTROL? 45. IS TV BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? 46. WILL DOWNLOADING REPLACE BROADCASTING? EXTRAS 47. HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE? (BIBLIOGRAPHY) 48. SEARCH (INDEX)