Today, information is exchanged across an expanding spectrum, from divergent sources, in a multiplicity of applications. This new theory of transmission extends its vision beyond the boundaries of television to the still-shifting territories of interactive media. The chapters in Transmission investigate the impact of video and interactivity and virtual reality on the social, cultural, and economic environment of television. Comparing the recent past with the present–and the immediate future–this groundbreaking work examines aesthetic values as they are shaped by gender, race, and class issues. Since video looks at how television (mis)represents culture, Transmission examines the effects of communication tools and technologies on its participating constituents. An important volume for any scholar or student in the areas of media studies, mass communication, cultural studies, or popular culture.

Video/Television/Rodney King: Twelve Steps beyond the Pleasure Principle

Video/Television/Rodney King: Twelve Steps beyond the Pleasure Principle

Video/television/rodney king: Twelve steps beyond the pleasure principle

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My contention (and others have argued this according to different impulses and grammars) is that television has always been related to the law, which it locates at the site of crucial trauma. Even when it is not performing metonymies of law it is producing some cognition around its traumatic diffusions: thus even the laugh track, programming the traumatic experience of laughter, can be understood to function as a shock absorber. It signals the obsessive distraction that links laughter to history, within which Baudelaire located the loss of balance and, indeed, “mankind's universal fallen condition” (“Essence”). With loss of balance and the condition of falling, we are back to that ...

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