The Dynasty Years

Author: Jostein Gripsrud
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134884907
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The Dynasty Years documents and analyses in detail 'the Dynasty phenomenon', the hotly debated success of the Hollywood-made 'Rolls Royce of a primetime soap' which heralded a profound transformation of European television. From the operatic camp of Krystle and Alexis' fight in the lilypond or the Moldavian wedding massacre to the unprecedented gay sub-plot, Dynasty represented, in the words of co-producer Esther Shapiro, "the ultimate dollhouse fantasy for middle-aged women". Using evidence from audience survey results, newspaper and magazine clippings and letters to broadcasters and drawing on semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism and critical social theories, Jostein Gripsrud examines every aspect of Dynasty's production, reception and context. The result is a groundbreaking critical study. Jostein Gripsrud offers a theoretical but empirically grounded critique of many central positions in media studies, including notions of 'audience resistance' and the 'sovereign' audience and its freedom in meaning-making, arguing against what he perceives as the uncritical celebrations of the soap-opera genre in much contemporary media criticism.

Screen Comedy and Online Audiences

Author: Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317672798
Format: PDF, ePub
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The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural ideas about film, TV, comedy, quality and entertainment? The book examines these questions through a study of audience responses posted to online facilities such as Twitter, Facebook, review sites, blogs and message boards. Bore’s analysis of these responses considers a broad range of issues, including how audiences perceive the idea of "national" comedy; what they think of female comedians; how they evaluate romcoms, sitcoms and web comedy; what they think is acceptable to joke about; what comedy fans get excited about; how fans interact with star comedians; and what comedy viewers really despise. The book demonstrates some of the ways in which we can adapt theories of humour and comedy to examine the practices of contemporary screen audiences, while offering new insights into how they negotiate the opportunities and constrictions of different online facilities to share their views and experiences.

Television s Second Golden Age

Author: Robert J. Thompson
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815605041
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This is an insider's tour, touching on the network's dizzying decision-making process, and the artists who have revolutionized the medium.

Audience Citizens

Author: Ramaswami Harindranath
Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited
ISBN:
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Audience–Citizens: The Media, Public Knowledge and Interpretive Practice explores the relationship between media and democracy from the perspective of the audience and proposes a unique conceptual framework for the analysis of audiences, consumption patterns and citizenship. Drawing on original research on the interpretation of documentaries by audiences in India and Britain, this book examines how sociological and cultural factors affect the interpretation of mediated knowledge. It develops a fresh approach to the relational dynamics of media and politics in contemporary India and by extension elsewhere in the developing world. This refreshing combination of conceptual novelty and analytical rigour will hold great value for academics, research scholars and students of media and communication studies, politics, cultural studies, and sociology, as well as professionals involved with journalism, news and documentary filmmaking.

Television Studies

Author: Toby Miller
Publisher: British Film Institute
ISBN: 9780851708959
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This work outlines the theories and approaches to the study of television in an accessible form for students. It is divided into four sections - forms of knowledge, audiences, gender and race. It discusses many television texts including "Star Trek", "Kung Fu" and "Sesame Street".

Hollywood Hype and Audiences

Author: Thomas Austin
Publisher:
ISBN:
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A fascinating multi-dimensional investigation of popular film as a commercial, cultural and social phenomenon, focusing on well known and controversial films, and on important - and marketable - issues such as sex and violence. Traces the circulation in Britain of three Hollywood films - Basic Instinct, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Natural Born Killers - from marketing and critical reception to consumption. Draws on economic and discursive contexts and original audience research to trace how meanings, pleasures and uses are derived from popular film. First in the field to look at how Hollywood blockbusters are marketed in Britain. Combining detailed case studies with a clear and up-to-date overview of audience research and the political economy of contemporary cinema this will be essential reading for students of film, popular culture and the media.

Feminist television criticism

Author: Charlotte Brunsdon
Publisher: Open Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780335225453
Format: PDF
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Covers the area of feminist media criticism. This edition discusses subjects including, alternative family structures, de-westernizing media studies, industry practices, "Sex and the City", Oprah, and "Buffy".

Quality popular television

Author: Mark Jancovich
Publisher: British Film Inst
ISBN: 9780851709406
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Examines the new 'golden age' of quality contemporary television (mostly HBO) that has emerged from the 90s in the US .

The television genre book

Author: Glen Creeber
Publisher: British Film Inst
ISBN:
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As with film, genre is central to the industry and the visual form that is television. This book--written by many of the leading figures in television studies and including over twenty international contributors--provides an accessible and transparent introduction to the subject's central debates, issues, and concerns. The central analysis is supported with in-depth "grey-box" studies and relevant information of a varied range of key programs such as: "The Jerry Springer Show, The Simpsons, Star Trek, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Twin Peaks, Walking with Dinosaurs, and The Singing Detective "and channels such as CNN, Discovery, and MTV. Fully illustrated and following the format of the bfi's "The Cinema Book," it comes with selected reading guides and full bibliographies that are intended to help students at all levels. An essential and authoritative guide to a major area within media and television studies, this ambitious book will both help explain and expand our knowledge of an important and fast-growing area of study.