Television Amongst Friends: Medium, Art, Media

Cardwell, Sarah E. F. (2014) Television Amongst Friends: Medium, Art, Media. Critical Studies in Television, 9 (3). pp. 6-21. ISSN 1749-6020. E-ISSN 1749-6039. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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From the perspective of analytic philosophical aesthetics, this paper disputes the commonplace practice of referring to television as a ‘medium’. It proposes instead that television be regarded as an art composed of many media. Individual works employ various media available to television and also to other arts. The paper evaluates the usefulness of these distinctions for our conceptual understanding of television, appraisal of television works and appreciation of television in relation to other arts. Via its reconfiguration of ‘medium/media’, it challenges narrowly contemporary notions of the televisual, positing a more historicised model and situating television alongside other arts - amongst friends.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: television; televisual; medium; media; art; aesthetics;
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2985 Radio and Television Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Sarah Cardwell
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 15:01 UTC
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 08:57 UTC
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