Meanings of the Medium: Perspectives on the Art of Television


Meanings of the Medium takes a new approach to the study of the past, present, and future of television. Most of its authors are not media experts but literary critics, philosophers, rhetoricians, and historians. They use their unique skills to examine three interwoven themes: the origin and meaning of American attitudes toward television, the relationship between "high" art and television's popular art, and the relationship between particular kinds of programs and the audience's sensibilities. Stressing an aesthetic and historical approach, the volume directs itself to the reasons why people watch particular programs and what these patterns tell us about ourselves.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Joseph Anthony Mazzeo
  • Robert Cluett
  • Judith Kegan Gardiner
  • Michael Seidel
  • Harriet Blodgett
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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