Review by Choice Review
Due to recent technological developments, scholars in such fields as media studies and communication face a relatively new question: what is television? In this volume, a diverse group of scholars look at the issues related to the expansion of television beyond its traditional roles. Gripsrud (Univ. of Bergen, Norway) divides the essays into four sections: "The Medium of Television," "Changing Genres," "Reception," and "Critical Perspectives." Some chapters examine broad trends, such as the role of new television-related technology in democracy and the effect of technology on lifestyle, whereas others focus on more specific phenomena such as the "Bollywoodization" of Indian television news and the contribution of amateur images to the professional news stream. Although the chapters deal with diverse subjects, a common thread throughout most chapters is the public sphere and how it shapes and is shaped by the way information is consumed, spread, and transformed. Well written and informative, this volume will be an integral part of collections serving media studies, journalism, and cultural studies programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. B. H. McMillin Illinois State University
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