<i>Television in the Antenna Age</i> is a brief, accessible, and engaging overview of the medium’s history and development in the US. Integrating three major concerns--television as an industry, a technology, and an art—the book is a basic primer on the complex, fascinating, and often overlooked story of television and its impact on American life. <br><ul><br><li>Covers the entire history of American television, from its urban, middle-class beginnings in the late 40s, to the contemporary impact of new technologies and consolidated corporate. <br><li><br><p>Includes interview segments with industry insiders, pictures, and sidebars to illustrate important figures, trends, and events</li></ul>
Since the first series of "Pop Idol" aired in the UK just over a decade ago, "Idols" television shows have been broadcast in more than forty countries all over the world. In all those countries the global "Idols" format has been adapted to local cultures and production contexts, resulting in a plethora of different versions, ranging from the "Dutch Idols" to the "Pan-Arab Super Star" and from "Nigerian Idol" to the international blockbuster "American Idol". Despite its worldwide success and widespread journalistic coverage, the "Idols" phenomenon has received only limited academic attention. "Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format" brings together original studies from scholars in different parts of the world to identify and evaluate the productive dimensions of "Idols". As one of the world's most successful television formats, "Idols" offers a unique case for the study of cultural globalization. Chapters discuss how "Idols" shows address particular national or regional identity politics and how "Idols" is consumed by audiences in different territories. This book illustrates that even though the same television format is used in countries all over the globe, practices of adaptation can still result in the creation of unique local cultural products.
The research presented in this book, originally published in 1986, looks to pinpoint the psychological processes involved in the media violence-aggression relation. Expanding on earlier studies, the compilation of essays here delves deeply into aggression study and compares results about media influence across 5 countries. Cultural norms and programming differences are investigated as well as age and gender and other factors. What is offered overall is a psychological model in which TV violence is both a precursor and a consequence of aggression.
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