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Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television

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

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 28 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, this book contains mature content.

Sitcoms, Comedy, Yada, Yada, Yada

The Great Divide: Norman Lear, Archie Bunker, and the Rise of the Bad Fan
Emily Nussbaum
Us and Them
David Sedaris
Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television
George Carlin
The Amiable Madness of Green Acres
Noel Murray
Brad Carrigan, American
George Saunders

Commercial Break

Empires of the New World*
Pamela Douglas, interview with Ted Sarandos

Educational TV (But You Don't Have To Take My Word For It)

"Time to Go": Dreaming of a Televised Future*
Dade Hayes
Hasta Siempre
Jean Burnet
From "Lessons from Television"
Susan Stewart
Pursuit of the Public Interest in the Vast Wasteland
Walter J. Podrazik
What I Learned From Kristi Yamaguchi
Nicole Chung

Commercial Break

Frank Rose

TV News: And That's The Way It Is

The Age of Show Business*
Neil Postman
Judge in Simpson Trial Allows TV Camera in Courtroom
David Margolick
To Remember History You Have to Repeat It
Tony Hoagland
The Moon Hours
E. B. White and others

Commercial Break

Getting Dirty
Mark Crispin Miller

Politics and TV: Have You No Sense of Decency?

The First Presidential Debate*
Alan Schroeder
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron
The Missing Remote
Diane Lockward
Dolls and Feelings: Jill Soloway's Post-Patriarchal Television*
Ariel Levy
Pop History on an Epic Scale: Roots
Donald Bogle

Commercial Break

Desperately Selling Soda
Leslie Savan

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

The TV
Ben Loory
Television, Reality, and Cold War Citizenship*
Alan Nadel
In the End, They Were Born on TV
Douglas Kearney
Why is "Everyman" a White Guy?
Aziz Ansari
Kim's Fairytale Wedding*
Kate Durbin

*Indicates a selection taken from a longer work.