Living Without the Screen provides an in-depth study of those American families and individuals who opt not to watch television, exploring the reasons behind their choices, discussing their beliefs about television, and examining the current role of television in the American family. Author Marina Krcmar answers several questions in the volume: What is television? Who are those people who reject it? What are their reasons for doing so? How do they believe their lives are different because of this choice? What impact does this choice have on media research? This volume provides a current, distinctive, and important look at how personal choices on media use are made, and how these choices reflect more broadly on media’s place in today’s society.
A compelling exploration of the motivations and rationales for those who choose to live without television, this book is a must-read for scholars and researchers working in children and media, media literacy, sociology, family studies and related areas. It will also be of interest to anyone with questions about media usage and the choices families make regarding the role of media in their lives.
'Krcmar fills a gap in media studies research… Highly recommended.' - CHOICE
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction and Overview
Chapter 1 Living Without Television
Chapter 2 Sample and Method
Chapter 3 How Nonviewers Gave Up Television
Chapter 4 Attitudes Toward Living Without Television
Chapter 5 What is Television?
Part II: Television as Content
Chapter 6 Keeping Out Televised Sex and Violence
Chapter 7 Minimizing Consumerism
Chapter 8 Politics and Civic Engagement
Part III: Television as Medium
Chapter 9 Autonomous Children
Chapter 10 Time Use
Chapter 11 Encouraging Creativity
Chapter 12 Engaging in Real Life
Part IV: Television as Industry
Chapter 13 Choosing to Be Different
Chapter 14 Battling the Industry
Chapter 15 Conclusion