Amusing Ourselves to Death
Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
Paperback ISBN: 014303653x
Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society. Reprint.
The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1439101167
Offers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour--the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House and forever changed the face of television.
Monty Python And Philosophy
Nudge Nudge, Think Think!
Paperback ISBN: 0812695933
Fifteen experts in the fields of mythology, Buddhism, feminism, logic, ethics, and philosophy evaluate the ways in which the British comedy troupe's films and sketches are representative of universal themes and wisdom, in a volume that cites the philosophical concepts reflected by such popular skits as the Argument Clinic and the Dead Parrot routine. Original.
Final Cut Pro 2 for Firewire Dv Editing
Paperback ISBN: 0240804996
Final Cut Pro 2 for FireWire DV Editingâ€¦the how and why of independent digital video editing. This guide is a comprehensive introduction to Apple Computerâ€™s Final Cut Pro editing system, and the digital video format in general. It provides relevant information about the formatâ€™s specifications, proper configuration of the basic editing system, and professional tipsâ€
I Am the New Black
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385527772
The comedic actor known for his work on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" chronicles his life from his youth in the Coney Island projects and the death of his father to his discovery by Martin Lawrence and Lorne Michaels and his battles with diabetes and alcoholism.
Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture
Paperback ISBN: 0691044678
From 1989 to 1991, Barry Dornfeld had an unusual double role on the crew of the major PBS documentary series Childhood. As a researcher for the series, he investigated the relationship between children and media. As an anthropologist, however, his subject was the television production process itself--examining, for example, how producers developed the series, negotiated with their academic advisors, and shaped footage shot around the world into seven programs. He presents the results of his fieldwork in this groundbreaking study--one of the first to take an ethnographic approach to the production of a television show, as opposed to its reception. Dornfeld begins with a broad discussion of public television's role in American culture and goes on to examine documentaries as a form of popular anthropology. Drawing on his observations of Childhood, he considers the documentary form as a kind of "imagining," in which both producers and viewers construct understandings of themselves and others, revealing their conceptions of culture and history and their ideologies of cultural difference and universality. He argues that producers of culture should also be understood as consumers who conduct their work through an active envisioning of the audience. Dornfeld explores as well how intellectual media professionals struggle with the institutional and cultural forces surrounding television that promote entertainment at the expense of education. The book provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a major documentary and demonstrates the value of an ethnographic approach to the study of media production.