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Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media Age

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Winner of the 2001 Ray and Pat Browne National Book Award for Outstanding Textbook, given by the Popular Culture Association From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas such as Roots, from A&E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for tens of millions of Americans today. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? How is one to know what is real and what is imagined — or ignored — by producers, directors, or writers? Gary Edgerton and Peter Rollins have collected a group of essays that answer these and many other questions. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres, but also institutions such as the History Channel and production histories of such series as The Jack Benny Show, which ran for fifteen years. The authors explore the tensions between popular history and professional history, and the tendency of some academics to declare the past off limits to nonscholars. Several of them point to the tendency for television histories to embed current concerns and priorities within the past, as in such popular shows as Quantum Leap and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The result is an insightful portrayal of the power television possesses to influence our culture.

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From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas, from A&E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for millions of Americans. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? The essays in Television Histories explore the tensions between popular history and professional history and the tendency of some academics to declare the past "off limits" to nonscholars. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres but also look at institutions such as the History Channel and the production histories of series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813190563
Editor:
Edgerton, Gary R.
Editor:
Rollins, Peter C.
Editor:
Edgerton, Gary R.
Editor:
Rollins, Peter C.
Editor:
Edgerton, Gary R.; Rollins, Peter C.
Author:
Rollins, Peter C.
Author:
Edgerton, Gary R.
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
SOC052000
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas, from A&E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for millions of Americans. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? The essays in Television Histories explore the tensions between popular history and professional history and the tendency of some academics to declare the past "off limits" to nonscholars. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres but also look at institutions such as the History Channel and the production histories of series.
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