Global Television by Barbara Selznick
Co-Producing Culture (Emerging Media: History, Theory, Narrative)

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The face of television broadcasting is changing in ways that are both profound and subtle. "Global Television" uncovers the particular processes by which the international circulation of culture takes place, while addressing larger cultural issues such as identity formation. Focusing on how the process of internationally made programming such as "Highlander: The Series" and "The Odyssey" - amusingly dubbed "Europudding" and "commercial white bread" - are changing television into a transnational commodity, Barbara Selznick considers how this mode of production - as a means by which transnational television is created - has both economic rewards and cultural benefits as well as drawbacks."Global Television" explores the ways these international co-productions create a global culture as well as help form a national identity. From British "brand" programming (e.g, Cracker) that airs on A&E in the U.S. to children's television programmes such as Plaza Sesamo, and documentaries, Selznick indicates that while the style, narrative, themes, and ideologies may be interesting, corporate capitalism ultimately affects and impacts these programmes in significant ways.

About Barbara Selznick

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Barbara J. Selznick is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts, The University of Arizona and author of Sure Seaters: The Emergence of Art House Cinema.
Published June 28, 2008 by Temple University Press. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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