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.

Will the Revolution be Televised? Camcorders, Activism, and Alternative Television in the 1990s

Will the Revolution be Televised? Camcorders, Activism, and Alternative Television in the 1990s

Will the revolution be televised? Camcorders, activism, and alternative television in the 1990s

Several years ago, in an ABC-TV news special called “Revolution in a Box,” anchor Ted Koppel proclaimed that “the world is in the early stages of a revolution it is just beginning to understand. … Television has fallen into the hands of the people.” Certainly the growing affordability of video technology does have important, if not revolutionary, implications for television: Activist video, organized alternative video collectives, and low-budget community television have, thanks to the camcorder, never been stronger. Yet, typical of what Stuart Hall (1977) has theorized as the way media “classify out the world” within the discourses of the ...

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