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The Age of Television
Experiences and Theories
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Translated from Italian by Jennifer Radice.

At an evolutionary stage in televisual history, Buonanno’s The Age of Television considers the impact of television on daily life over the past 50 years, concentrating on the concepts and theories of the medium. As television threatens to intrude upon our daily lives more than ever, through cellular phones, and thousands of digital channels, The Age of Television takes a careful look at the influence of this media form on modern life. Television plays an important part in its viewers’ lives, making links between cultures, individuals and events, and offering the viewer a multitude of choices and opportunities.

 

The book analyzes the way in which television has radically altered the human perception of place and time, considering the way that television fuels the collective imagination and how it contributes to contemporary media-focused society. Buonanno asserts that television theories are crucial tools for understanding the medium and its effect on society.

The Age of Television reads as an original comprehensive academic essay making it an essential volume for a scholarly readership and audiences with an interest in media. Drawing on classic media theories, it also offers a fresh look at television’s dominance of Western culture and provides an optimistic perspective on the possibilities of the small screen.

Chapter titles
Preface - Page 7
Horace Newcomb
Chapter 1: The Age of Television - Page 11
Milly Buonanno
Chapter 2: Theories of the Medium - Page 27
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Chapter 3: Televized Ceremonies - Page 43
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Chapter 4: The Digital Revolution - Page 59
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Chapter 5: Storytelling - Page 71
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Chapter 6: The Paradigm of Indigenization - Page 85
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Chapter 7: Travelling Narratives - Page 101
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Chapter 8: Stopping Time - Page 119
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Reviews
'[Milly Buonanno] suggests that we acknowledge that [television can offer] a narrative solution to the dilemmas of time and... satisfy, with the breathtaking resources of the imagination, the ancient and profound human yearning to achieve the 'Great Flight' – not from life, but from death.' – John Lloyd, The Financial Times.

'This new work now becomes one of the fundamental texts in television studies.' – Horace Newcomb, Director of Peabody Awards, University of Georgia.

'Some say that the age of television is over. If that is so, then the medium has found its ideal historian and critic in Milly Buonanno. [Her work] culminates with this book--a stunning tour de force. And if TV indeed has a future – as I firmly believe –then this tough-minded but subtly-expressed volume will be our best guide to what lies ahead, in addition to what went before.' – Prof. Toby Miller, Editor of Television & New Media

'In this elegantly written and highly original re-examination of television, its narrative forms and its key analytic texts, Milly Buonanno provides an exciting and philosophically sophisticated study of television in all its rich complexity. An astonishing and ground-breaking work.' – Prof. Manuel Alvarado

'In this wide-ranging and always insightful book, Milly Buonanno takes us on a journey from the beginnings of television in 1936 to the present day, and indeed beyond to the digital future which awaits us all. A refreshingly open and searching approach to a medium in constant evolution.' – Prof. Hugh O'Donnell, Caledonian University

'Two of the main threads that run through the book are the rich potential of the multiplying of experiences of television and the transitional (rather than substitutive) nature of the development of human communication. [A] highly articulate and interesting book.' – Jephther Ukachukw, European Journal of Communication

'It is capable of surprising and intriguing us with unexpected directions and unforeseen findings. So mature is it that it can afford to play with its own genre, perform its own approach, and thereby demonstrate its own self-sustaining viability.' – John Hartley, International Journal of Communication.

'Considering the vast majority of written material many of us come across remains fixated on British and American television, it's fascinating to be given such insights into the specifics of other nations. Intellect deserves to be applauded, then, for publishing a book in English which is chock-a-block with examples which are literally foreign for much of the intended market. ' – Scope

''Milly Buonanno’s The Age of Television: Experiences and Theories is a solid work of television studies. It presents complex concepts with careful applications...Buonanno’s book is carefully written and well translated by Jennifer Radice. The style is calm, cool and reflexive. It is an ideal mode through which to capture the looking and the listening, the involvement and the detachment, of television...For libraries with a large Media Studies programme, its acquisition will add a carefully written book to the collection that maps the shape of Television Studies.' ' – Tara Brabazon (Leisure Studies, 29: 1)

'Few books have excited my curiosity for thinking diff erently about television than The Age of Television.'Critical Studies In Television

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