Make Room for TV

In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life.

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Author: Lynn Spigel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226769639

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

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Between 1948 and 1955, nearly two-thirds of all American families bought a television set—and a revolution in social life and popular culture was launched. In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life. What did Americans expect from it? What effects did the new daily ritual of watching television have on children? Was television welcomed as an unprecedented "window on the world," or as a "one-eyed monster" that would disrupt households and corrupt children? Drawing on an ambitious array of unconventional sources, from sitcom scripts to articles and advertisements in women's magazines, Spigel offers the fullest available account of the popular response to television in the postwar years. She chronicles the role of television as a focus for evolving debates on issues ranging from the ideal of the perfect family and changes in women's role within the household to new uses of domestic space. The arrival of television did more than turn the living room into a private theater: it offered a national stage on which to play out and resolve conflicts about the way Americans should live. Spigel chronicles this lively and contentious debate as it took place in the popular media. Of particular interest is her treatment of the way in which the phenomenon of television itself was constantly deliberated—from how programs should be watched to where the set was placed to whether Mom, Dad, or kids should control the dial. Make Room for TV combines a powerful analysis of the growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in postwar America, offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the mirror of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.

TV by Design

TV by Design uncovers this captivating story of how modernism and network television converged and intertwined in their mutual ascent during the decades of the cold war.

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Author: Lynn Spigel

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226769684

Category: Art

Page: 392

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While critics have long disparaged commercial television as a vast wasteland, TV has surprising links to the urbane world of modern art that stretch back to the 1950s and ’60s During that era, the rapid rise of commercial television coincided with dynamic new movements in the visual arts—a potent combination that precipitated a major shift in the way Americans experienced the world visually. TV by Design uncovers this captivating story of how modernism and network television converged and intertwined in their mutual ascent during the decades of the cold war. Whereas most histories of television focus on the way older forms of entertainment were recycled for the new medium, Lynn Spigel shows how TV was instrumental in introducing the public to the latest trends in art and design. Abstract expressionism, pop art, art cinema, modern architecture, and cutting-edge graphic design were all mined for staging techniques, scenic designs, and an ever-growing number of commercials. As a result, TV helped fuel the public craze for trendy modern products, such as tailfin cars and boomerang coffee tables, that was vital to the burgeoning postwar economy. And along with influencing the look of television, many artists—including Eero Saarinen, Ben Shahn, Saul Bass, William Golden, and Richard Avedon—also participated in its creation as the networks put them to work designing everything from their corporate headquarters to their company cufflinks. Dizzy Gillespie, Ernie Kovacs, Duke Ellington, and Andy Warhol all stop by in this imaginative and winning account of the ways in which art, television, and commerce merged in the first decades of the TV age.

Welcome to the Dreamhouse

DIVHistorical and theoretical essays on television and media culture by a leading feminist studies scholar./div "Lynn Spigel's "Welcome to the Dreamhouse "is quite simply superb.

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Author: Lynn Spigel

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822326965

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 426

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DIVHistorical and theoretical essays on television and media culture by a leading feminist studies scholar./div

A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting

Spigel's. Make. Room. for. TV. Aniko Bodroghkozy The early to mid‐1990s was an exciting time for scholarship on the history of American television.

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Author: Aniko Bodroghkozy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118646052

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

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Presented in a single volume, this engaging review reflects on the scholarship and the historical development of American broadcasting A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting comprehensively evaluates the vibrant history of American radio and television and reveals broadcasting’s influence on American history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With contributions from leading scholars on the topic, this wide-ranging anthology explores the impact of broadcasting on American culture, politics, and society from an historical perspective as well as the effect on our economic and social structures. The text’s original and accessibly-written essays offer explorations on a wealth of topics including the production of broadcast media, the evolution of various television and radio genres, the development of the broadcast ratings system, the rise of Spanish language broadcasting in the United States, broadcast activism, African Americans and broadcasting, 1950’s television, and much more. This essential resource: Presents a scholarly overview of the history of radio and television broadcasting and its influence on contemporary American history Contains original essays from leading academics in the field Examines the role of radio in the television era Discusses the evolution of regulations in radio and television Offers insight into the cultural influence of radio and television Analyzes canonical texts that helped shape the field Written for students and scholars of media studies and twentieth-century history, A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting is an essential and field-defining guide to the history and historiography of American broadcasting and its many cultural, societal, and political impacts.

TV Snapshots

Lynn Spigel explores historical snapshots of people posing in front of their television sets in the 1950s through the early 1970s, showing how TV snapshots were a popular photographic practice through which people visualized their lives in ...

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Author: Lynn Spigel

Publisher:

ISBN: 1478015640

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Lynn Spigel explores historical snapshots of people posing in front of their television sets in the 1950s through the early 1970s, showing how TV snapshots were a popular photographic practice through which people visualized their lives in an increasingly mediated culture.

The Television Studies Reader

3 2 See Spigel , Make Room for TV 74–5 . On the construction of the nation in print media as a fiction of copresence and simultaneity see Benedict Anderson ...

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Author: Professor of Ophthalmology and Pharmacology and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology Robert C Allen, M D

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415283248

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 629

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A discussion of a truly international range of television programs, this title covers alternative modes of television such as digital and satellite.

Encyclopedia of Television

Make Mine Manhattan, 398 Make Room for Daddy, 1344,2321 Make Room for TV, 2300 Malawi, 46 Malaysia, 2146-2147, ...

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Author: Horace Newcomb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135194796

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 2800

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The Encyclopedia of Television, second edtion is the first major reference work to provide description, history, analysis, and information on more than 1100 subjects related to television in its international context. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclo pedia of Television, 2nd edition website.

TV Creators

Make Room for TV : Television and Family Ideas in Post War America . Chicago : Univ . of Chicago Press , 1992 . Stagg , Evelyn , and Frank Stagg .

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Author: James L. Longworth, Jr.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815629532

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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This sequel provides yet another dozen of today's most acclaimed writers and producers an open, uncensored forum in which they discuss everything from their work ethic to the political, social and economic issues affecting the television industry.

Cultural Moves

Hartley, The Uses of Television; Spigel, Make Room for TV; Spigel, “The Suburban Home Companion: Television and the Neighborhood Ideal in Postwar America,” ...

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Author: Herman Gray

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520241442

Category: History

Page: 249

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"Examines the importance of culture in the push for black political power and social recognition and argues the key black cultural practices have been notable in reconfiguring the shape and texture of social and cultural life in the U.S. Drawing on examples from jazz, television, and academia, Gray highlights cultural strategies for inclusion in the dominant culture as well as cultural tactics that move beyond the quest for mere recognition by challenging, disrupting, and unsettling dominant cultural representations and institutions. In the end, Gray challenges the conventional wisdom about the centrality of representation and politics in black cultural production"--Provided by publisher.

Television at the Movies

Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. . “The Making of a TV Literate Elite.

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Author: Jon Nelson Wagner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441179401

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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The overview of television criticism, which this book provides, comes appropriately at a moment of change. Television is becoming dramatically different as a result of new and developing technologies such as cable, HDTV, satellite transmission and broadband distributions. By concentrating on the still-dominant notion of television, what the authors call "Classical Network Television," they argue that it is as important to understand this model as it is to understand Classical Hollywood Cinema. The co-authors have a unique approach to the study of television, viewing its history and reception not only through important articles about the medium, but also through analyzing how Hollywood auteur cinema has commented on television over the decades, in films such as Tootsie, Network, The Last Picture Show, A Face in the Crowd, Rollerball, The King of Comedy and others. Not only does this reflect the pervasive use of cinema theory to discuss television, it also helps to emphasize the importance of clarifying the distinctions between the criticisms of the two media. Television at the Movies argues that the study of television is a crucial aspect of understanding our recent and contemporary culture, and it provides an illuminating point of entry for students and researchers in the field.

Mediated Geographies and Geographies of Media

So, too, as I detail in my book Make Room for TV, US advertisements often showed television sets in family circle iconography with mom, dad, ...

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Author: Susan P. Mains

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401799690

Category: Social Science

Page: 470

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This is the first comprehensive volume to explore and engage with current trends in Geographies of Media research. It reviews how conceptualizations of mediated geographies have evolved. Followed by an examination of diverse media contexts and locales, the book illustrates key issues through the integration of theoretical and empirical case studies, and reflects on the future challenges and opportunities faced by scholars in this field. The contributions by an international team of experts in the field, address theoretical perspectives on mediated geographies, methodological challenges and opportunities posed by geographies of media, the role and significance of different media forms and organizations in relation to socio-spatial relations, the dynamism of media in local-global relations, and in-depth case studies of mediated locales. Given the theoretical and methodological diversity of this book, it will provide an important reference for geographers and other interdisciplinary scholars working in cultural and media studies, researchers in environmental studies, sociology, visual anthropology, new technologies, and political science, who seek to understand and explore the interconnections of media, space and place through the examples of specific practices and settings.

The American Television Industry

Smythe, Dallas W. Dependency Road. New York: Ablex, 1981. Spigel, Lynn. Make Room for TV. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

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Author: Michael Curtin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844575756

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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In an age of proliferating choices, television nevertheless remains the most popular medium in the United States.Americans spend more time with TV than ever before, and many 'new media' forms, such as blu-ray movies, Hulu videos, and Internet widgets, are produced and delivered by the world s most lucrative and powerful television industry. Yet that industry has undergone profound changes since the 1980s, moving from a three-network oligopoly to a sprawling range of channels and services dominated by a handful of major conglomerates. Viewers cannow accesshundreds of channels at all hours of the day and can search and select from hundreds of thousands of individual programmeson video and Internet services. This diversity has fragmented the size of television audiences and transformed relationships between viewers and television companies. Unlike the first fifty years of television, today'sindustry leaderscan no longer rely on mass audiences and steady revenue flows from big-budget advertisers, and this in turn affects their programming and production strategies.

Television And Everyday Life

——(1992) Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in PostWar America, Chicago, Chicago University Press. SrebernyMohammadi, Annabelle (1991) 'The ...

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Author: Roger Silverstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134979684

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Television is a central dimension in our everyday lives and yet its meaning and its potency varies according to our individual circumstances, mediated by the social and cultural worlds which we inhabit. In this fascinating book, Roger Silverstone explores the enigma of television and how it has found its way so profoundly and intimately into the fabric of our everyday lives. His investigation, of great significance to those with a personal or professional interest in media, film and television studies, unravels its emotional and cognitive, spatial, temporal and political significance. Drawing on a wide range of literature, from psychoanalysis to sociology and from geography to cultural studies, Silverstone constructs a theory of the medium which locates it centrally within the multiple realities and discourses of everyday life. Television emerges from these arguments as the fascinating, complex and contradictory medium that it is, but in the process many of the myths that surround it are exploded. This outstanding book presents a radical new approach to the medium of television, one that both challenges received wisdoms and offers a compellingly original view of the place of television in everyday life.

Entertaining television

Spigel, Lynn (1992) Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Post-war America, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Author: Su Holmes

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526101600

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Entertaining television challenges the idea that the BBC in the 1950s was elitist and ‘staid’, upholding Reithian values in a paternalistic, even patronising way. By focusing on a number of (often controversial) programme case studies – such as the soap opera, the quiz/ game show, the ‘problem’ show and programmes dealing with celebrity culture - Su Holmes demonstrates how BBC television surprisingly explored popular interests and desires. She also uncovers a number of remarkable connections with programmes and topics at the forefront of television today, ranging from talk shows, 'Reality TV', even to our contemporary obsession with celebrity. The book is iconclastic, percipient and grounded in archival research, and will be of use to anyone studying television history.

Nickelodeon Nation

Spigel, Make Room for TV, 53–55. 4. Ellen Seiter, Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, ...

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Author: Heather Hendershot

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814736517

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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The first examination of the most popular tv network for kids. Essays are both scholars as well as journalists, Nick employees, and psychologists.

Music and the Broadcast Experience

Lynn Spigel, Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992); Spigel and Jan Olsson, eds.

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Author: Associate Professor Communication Studies Christina Baade

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199314713

Category: Music and the Internet

Page: 368

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Music and the Broadcast Experience explores the complex ways in which music and broadcasting have developed together throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries. It brings into dialogue researchers working in media and music studies; explores and develops crucial points of contact between studies of music in radio and music in television; and investigates the limits, persistence, and extensions of music broadcasting in the Internet era. The book presents a series of case studies that address key moments and concerns in music broadcasting, past and present, written by leading scholars in the field, who hail from both media and music studies. Unified by attentiveness both to musical sound and meaning and to broadcasting structures, practices, audiences, and discourses, the chapters in this collection address the following topics: the role of live orchestral concerts and opera in the early development of radio and their relation to ideologies of musical uplift; the relation between production culture, music, and television genre; the function of music in sponsored radio during the 1930s; the fortunes of musical celebrity and artistic ambition on television; questions of music format and political economy in the development of online radio; and the negotiation of space, community, and participation among audiences, online and offline, in the early twenty-first century. The collection's ultimate aim is to explore the usefulness and limitations of broadcasting as a concept for understanding music and its cultural role, both historically and today.

Feminist Television Criticism A Reader

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."

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Author: Brunsdon, Charlotte

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335225453

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 370

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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."

Inside the TV Writer s Room

And the best actors know the difference between ego and the work, making the work better. Take Sam Waterston. Smart guy. Yalie. You know the old saying, ...

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Author: Lawrence Meyers

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815651383

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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Aspiring writers often ask how they can break into the television writing business. Meyers believes that the answer can be found by asking why people become television writers and what makes them successful. Inside the TV Writer’s Room reveals these insights and much more. This volume, a collection of interviews with some of today’s top episodic writers arranged in a roundtable format, explores the artists’ drive to express how the writers honed their creativity, and what compromises they have made to pursue their craft both before and after finding success. Each chapter’s topic is distilled into a practical lesson for both professionals and aspirants to heed if they wish to find or maintain success in writing for television. The book includes such leading entertainment writers and producers as Neal Baer, executive producer of the NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Tim King of the groundbreaking hit Heroes, Peter Lenkov of 24 and CSI: New York, and Shawn Ryan, creator of the acclaimed series The Shield. Individual writers discuss the struggle to balance artistic fulfillment with the realities of commerce, and how they inject an original voice into a show that is often not their own creation.

Reducing Bodies

Lynn Spigel, Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, ...

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Author: Elizabeth M. Matelski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134810277

Category: History

Page: 176

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Reducing Bodies: Mass Culture and the Female Figure in Postwar America explores the ways in which women in the years following World War II refashioned their bodies—through reducing diets, exercise, and plastic surgery—and asks what insights these changing beauty standards can offer into gender dynamics in postwar America. Drawing on novel and untapped sources, including insurance industry records, this engaging study considers questions of gender, health, and race and provides historical context for the emergence of fat studies and contemporary conversations of the "obesity epidemic."

While America Watches

As cited in Jennings, “It Makes Him Happy to See You Cry,” p. 52. 14. See Lynn Spigel, Make Room for TV. Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America ...

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Author: Jeffrey Shandler

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195139297

Category: History

Page: 316

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In the first study of its kind, the author traces the process by which television has shaped the American public's consciousness of the Holocaust, helped to turn the Holocaust survivor into a moral symbol, and sparked controversies over its presentations. UP.