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The Resource Republic on the wire : cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984, John McMurria, (electronic resource)

Republic on the wire : cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984, John McMurria, (electronic resource)

Label
Republic on the wire : cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984
Title
Republic on the wire
Title remainder
cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984
Statement of responsibility
John McMurria
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The history of cable television in America is far older than networks like MTV, ESPN, and HBO, which are so familiar to us today. Tracing the origins of cable TV back to the late 1940s, media scholar John McMurria also locates the roots of many current debates about premium television, cultural elitism, minority programming, content restriction, and corporate ownership.Republic on the Wire takes us back to the pivotal years in which media regulators and members of the viewing public presciently weighed the potential benefits and risks of a two-tiered television system, split between free broadcasts and pay cable service. Digging into rare archives, McMurria reconstructs the arguments of policymakers, whose often sincere advocacy for the public benefits of cable television were fueled by cultural elitism and the priority to maintain order during a period of urban Black rebellions. He also tells the story of the people of color, rural residents, women's groups, veterans, seniors, and low-income viewers who challenged this reasoning and demanded an equal say over the future of television.By excavating this early cable history, and placing equality at the center of our understanding of media democracy, Republic on the Wire is a real eye-opener as it develops a new methodology for studying media policy in the past and present"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McMurria, James
Dewey number
384.55/50973
LC call number
HE8700.72.U6
LC item number
M46 2017
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cable television
  • Broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Label
Republic on the wire : cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984, John McMurria, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-235) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgments -- Introduction: American pluralism, television policy, and the method of equality -- Broadcast policy, television spectrum, and the pluralist logics of inequality -- Contesting (in)equality at the margins of television reception -- Pay-TV orders -- Local origination, public access, and the hierarchical logics of civic culture -- Blue skies, black cultures -- Epilogue: neutrality, connectivity, or equality when media converge
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001755847
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780813585291
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016015543
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001755847
Label
Republic on the wire : cable television, pluralism, and the politics of new technologies, 1948-1984, John McMurria, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-235) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgments -- Introduction: American pluralism, television policy, and the method of equality -- Broadcast policy, television spectrum, and the pluralist logics of inequality -- Contesting (in)equality at the margins of television reception -- Pay-TV orders -- Local origination, public access, and the hierarchical logics of civic culture -- Blue skies, black cultures -- Epilogue: neutrality, connectivity, or equality when media converge
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001755847
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780813585291
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016015543
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001755847

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