1st Edition

Television in Society

By Arthur Asa Berger Copyright 1987
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    Is television a cultural wasteland, or a medium that has brought people more great art, music, dance, and drama than any previous media? How do we study and interpret television? What are the effects of television on individuals and society, and how do we measure them? What is the role of television in our political and economic life? Television in Society explores these issues in considering how television both reflects and affects society.

    The book is divided into two sections. The first focuses on programming and deals with commercials, ceremonial events, important series (such as "MASH" and "Lou Grant"), significant programs (a production of Brave New World on television), and the images of police on the medium. The second part of the book deals with important issues and topics related to the medium: the impact of television violence, values found on television, the impact of television on education, the significance of new technological developments, and the always thorny issue of freedom of the press. The articles are drawn together by a brilliant introductory essay by Arthur Asa Berger, who examines television as culture.

    Campaign Commercials; 1984—The Commercial; Television Ceremonial Events; Huxley on Television; Real Police on Television Supercops; Cultural Bias in “M*A*S*H”; The Politics of “Lou Grant”; Sagan's Metaphysical Parable; Decoding “Dallas”: Comparing American and German Viewers; Violence and Aggression; Researching Television Violence; Defending the Indefensible; Smoking Out the Critics; Proliferating Violence; Networks Hold The Line; Assessing Academic Achievement; Facts, Fantasies and Schools; Reading Performance; Dubious Facts and Real Schools; Mass Media Values; Television: Mass Communication and Elite Controls; Fantasy and Culture on Television; Direct-Broadcast Satellites and Cultural Integrity; Free Press for a Free People; Screening Nuclear War and Vietnam; Coming to Terms with Television: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography


    Berger, Arthur Asa