Understanding Society, Culture, and Television

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cies do not provide the basis for the sharing of stories as systems of belief in the manner that communitarian societies do.

Art is the conscious and purposeful manipulation of formal elements of expression into form. Art has nothing inherently to do with beauty and inspiration. The sunset I may see driving home in the evening is beautiful and inspirational, but it occurs in nature and therefore is not art. Art must always be human made, and, in that sense, is always artificial. The television series Beavis and Butt-head is art, even though I may find it neither beautiful nor inspirational. The telling of contrived stories is a central element of television art. The art of television, however, must be understood more broadly, for it is not just storytelling.


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Donella H. Meadows, "We Are What We Watch," in The Baltimore Sun, September 28, 1994. Originally written for The Los Angeles Times.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1- Storytelling and Television 1
  • Note 13
  • 2- Television and the Aesthetics Of Power, Virtuosity, and Repetition 15
  • Notes 25
  • 3- Common Contemporary Themes 27
  • Notes 35
  • 4- Agendas, Politics, and Television 37
  • Notes 45
  • 5- Globalization and Television 47
  • Notes 56
  • 6- Wellsprings of Our Discontent With Television 59
  • Notes 72
  • 7- Television and Advertising 75
  • Notes 85
  • 8- Television and Government 87
  • Notes 97
  • 9- Art for Whose Sake? 99
  • Notes 111
  • 10- What Everyone Must Know About Television 113
  • Notes 124
  • Afterword 127
  • Note 128
  • Bibliography 129
  • Index 137
  • About the Author 143
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