Reaching a Critical Mass
A Critical Analysis of Television Entertainment
Published May 9th 2013 by Routledge – 516 pages
This book reminds readers that the simple act of watching television is not simple at all, but is a highly calculated and controlled interaction between the companies that produce television and the people who watch it. It looks at the television industry and examines how it operates to help us understand the role that television plays as well as the influence that it has on the lives of its viewers.
Complete with a history and evolution of the industry and its most popular genres, this volume demonstrates television's substantial influence on society and culture. Analysing what viewers watch and why, the chapters also explore how television programs are made and the strategies used to attract and maintain audiences.
This critical guide enables readers to appreciate the strategies of programming and to become more aware of television as a cultural force, as important now as when it was originally published in 1998.
Preface Part 1: Establishing A Critical Perspective 1. Taking Television Seriously 2. Taking Television Critically 3. Television Programs and Symbolic Interaction 4. Becoming Teleliterate 5. The Business Behind the Box 6. The Evolution of Power and Prestige Part 2: Applying A Critical Perspective: Nonnarrative Programming 7. Talk Shows 8. Televised Sports 9. Game Shows Part 3: Applying A Critical Perspective: Narrative Programming 10. Comedies 11. Soap Operas 12. Prime-Time Drama 13. Children’s Programming. Author index. Program Index