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Twenty-first century TV offers an apparently endless stream of images, unfolding at high speed. We no longer watch individual programs but flick from channel to channel, absorbing a continuous flow of news, game shows, comedy, drama, movies, advertising and trailers. "Television: Technology and Cultural Form" was first published in 1974, long before the dawn of multi-chann ...more
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Jan 27, 2008 John rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Read it my first year of graduate school, referred to it repeatedly over the years. The finest discussion I've ever read of the relationship between technological properties of a medium, the social uses of the technology, and the meaning of media texts. It's specific conclusions about television have become somewhat dated as cable, TiVo, and high definition have changed both TV technology and social practices, but it remains a model for the clear-sighted, rigorous examination of these kinds of q ...more
Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for ...moreMore about Raymond Williams...