Print: ADU-POPTV | ISBN 978-0-945159-64-3 | Softcover | 312 pages
eBook: Purchase on Amazon.

Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television

Print: ADU-POPTV | ISBN 978-0-945159-64-3 | Softcover | 312 pages
eBook: Purchase on Amazon.
Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television

“[Television] is the greatest mirror that our global society has ever held up to itself, and even though sometimes we may not like what we see, it is impossible to look away.”
—From the introduction by Chris Lamson

Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television presents a unique collection of writing inspired by and exploring television in all its forms, from comedy, education, and commercials, to news, politics, and reality. These twenty-eight selections offer compelling perspectives on television and its place in our lives, its social impact, and its cultural influence. Inside you’ll find:

  • Acclaimed authors, including Ariel Levy, Emily Nussbaum, George Saunders, Gil Scott-Heron, and E. B. White
  • Writing on ethics, commercialism, diversity, reality, and censorship
  • Short stories, essays, lyrics, interviews, and poetry

Please note, these books contain mature content.


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Sitcoms, Comedy, Yada, Yada, Yada

  • The Great Divide: Norman Lear, Archie Bunker, and the Rise of the Bad FanEmily Nussbaum
  • Us and ThemDavid Sedaris
  • Seven Words You Can Never Say on TelevisionGeorge Carlin
  • The Amiable Madness of Green AcresNoel Murray
  • Brad Carrigan, AmericanGeorge Saunders

Commercial Break

  • Empires of the New World (selection)Pamela Douglas, interview with Ted Sarandos


  • "Time to Go": Dreaming of a Televised Future (selection)Dade Hayes
  • Hasta SiempreJean Burnet
  • From "Lessons from Television"Susan Stewart
  • Pursuit of the Public Interest in the Vast WastelandWalter J. Podrazik
  • What I Learned From Kristi YamaguchiNicole Chung

Commercial Break

  • Control (selection)Frank Rose

TV News: And That’s The Way It Is

  • The Age of Show Business (selection)Neil Postman
  • Judge in Simpson Trial Allows TV Camera in CourtroomDavid Margolick
  • To Remember History You Have to Repeat ItTony Hoagland
  • The Moon HoursE. B. White and others

Commercial Break

  • Getting DirtyMark Crispin Miller

Politics and TV: Have You No Sense of Decency?

  • The First Presidential Debate (selection)Alan Schroeder
  • The Revolution Will Not Be TelevisedGil Scott-Heron
  • The Missing RemoteDiane Lockward
  • Dolls and Feelings: Jill Soloway's Post-Patriarchal Television (selection)Ariel Levy
  • Pop History on an Epic Scale: RootsDonald Bogle

Commercial Break

  • Desperately Selling SodaLeslie Savan

I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One On Reality TV

  • The TVBen Loory
  • Television, Reality, and Cold War Citizenship (selection)Alan Nadel
  • In the End, They Were Born on TVDouglas Kearney
  • Why Is "Everyman" a White Guy?Aziz Ansari
  • Kim's Fairytale Wedding (selection)Kate Durbin