Television in the Antenna Age: A Concise History
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
- Covers the entire history of American television, from its urban, middle-class beginnings in the late 40s, to the contemporary impact of new technologies and consolidated corporate.
Includes interview segments with industry insiders, pictures, and sidebars to illustrate important figures, trends, and events
1 No Small Potatoes.
Communication and Transportation: The Divorce / Water, Water Everywhere / Electrical Bananas / Here Comes The Judge / Say What?.
2 A Downstream Medium.
The Show Business / Radical Consumerism Occupies the Middle / Networking / Quality Control.
3 A Burning Bush.
Broadcasting: Love It or Need It? / A Vertical System of Culture / Compatible Software.
4 Staging and Screening.
Sets / Getting with the Program / The Origins of ABC.
5 Corruption and Plateau.
Scandals and Shake-outs.
6 Dull as Paint and Just as Colorful.
TV Rules / Just Plain Folks / Television Gothic.
7 A Myth is as Good as a Smile.
When No News Was Good News…in Prime Time / Shows Without Trees / As Real As it Got / Regulation and Social Effects / Programming and the Television Industry.
8 Oligopoly Lost and Found.
The Train and The Station / The Shock of The News / The Third Mask of Janus
Robert J. Thompson is a Professor at Syracuse University, where he heads the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. His books include Adventures on Prime Time (1990) and Television’s Second Golden Age (1996).
- Provides a brief, accessible, and engaging overview of television’s history and development in the US by two prominent experts on television and popular culture
Covers the entire history of American television, from its urban, middle-class beginnings, through its arrested development in the late 40s, its rise to dominance as a mass medium in the 50s, and its slowly maturing content stream throughout the 60s and 70s
Explores the effect, since the 80s, of competing technologies, consolidation of media ownership and the emerging aesthetics of 21st-century programming
Includes interview segments with industry insiders, pictures, and sidebars to illustrate important figures, trends, and events.