`Most cultural analysis focuses on the spectacular and the unusual. Frances Bonner has done us a great service by insisting on - and demonstrating - the importance of everyday TV. Ordinary Television breaks genuinely new ground' - Toby Miller, New York University In this book, Frances Bonner provides a distinctive angle on a key area of research and teaching across media and cultural studies - the content of television and the relations between television genres and audiences. Hitherto most books on television have focused on drama, or news and current affairs. In other words, they tend to ignore 'ordinary' television - lifestyle programmes and 'reality TV', just the sort of programmes which increasing dominate the schedules. In Ordinary Television, Frances Bonner makes a distinctive argument for regarding these disparate shows as a whole. By examining a substantial range of these programmes, Frances Bonner uncovers their shared characteristics, especially through a consideration of the dominant and disguised discources which pervade them. In addition, the comparative nature of her study enables the author to launch a powerful critique of conventional theories in relation to the globalization of television. This book will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in television and the media in general.

The People Involved

The people involved

Special People

In an instruction manual on television performance for would-be news and information personnel (presenters, reporters and subjects), William Hawes observes:

If your appearance is consistent with your conception of your personal and professional life, then you are indeed fortunate. For many others this consistency is not so obvious and needs some adjustments. You are basically seeking a dominant image that the public will admire and remember. Your image may not, alas, express the true depth and dimension of your soul, but your image is what you are for television purposes. (1991: 12)

The description of information Hawes uses is sufficiently broad that it includes many if not most types of ordinary television. While rather sanctimonious, the point he makes is an ...

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