Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy Paperback – May 6 2011
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"At a moment when production studies and critical media studies are thriving, "Below the Line" has the potential to not merely refresh academic work of this kind but to reconceive it in a way that is completely attuned to the global political media economy and the complications and paradoxes of labor within it."--Diane Negra, co-editor of"Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture"
"This is an immensely original and innovative book on television production processes and laboring practices long overlooked within media studies until now. This ethnographic and interview-based analysis of groups including television assembly-line workers and soft-core television producers marks a new departure for scholarship into precarious working lives in the global media."--Angela McRobbie, author of"The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change"
"Vicki Mayer's excellent and extraordinarily thoughtful scholarship, commitment, and political imagination link aspects of the television and media industries that have simply not been considered together so well before."--Nick Couldry, author of"Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics after Neoliberalism"
"[T]his volume succeeds in enlarging the scope of television production studies significantly. It should encourage other researchers to cast their net widely."
--Andrew Spicer ""Screening the Past" "
"Mayer's studies of television-set assemblers, soft-core cameramen, reality-program casters, and volunteers on television regulatory committees not only draw critical attention to the individuals whose roles, creativities, and values are frequently overlooked, but argues that their contributions to the industry can, and ought to be, viewed as creative and professional.... Mayer's great contribution to television-production studies is in nudging the field toward a more inclusive and coherent definition of its objects of study. "Below the Line" provides a thoughtful example of just what stands to be gained by such a move."--Nina F. O'Brien ""International Journal of Communication" "
"This is an important if contentious contribution to the evolving field of cultural studies of labour.... Mayer's invitation to researchers to broaden their understanding of what and where creativity is in television production is extremely useful, as is the provocation to reconsider different workers' and roles' value to media industries, and in particular to uncover the invisible labour on which media production relies."--Ben Goldsmith "" Media International Australia" "
"There is much to recommend in this book. Although Mayer's accounts of the challenges faced by Brazilian electronics workers will probably read as all too familiar to readers of this journal, situating these individuals within a context of media production represents a fresh and welcome perspective on the artifacts of popular culture. Her other case studies break new ground in making visible the atomized work worlds of decentralized media industries." --Alexander Russo ""New Labor Forum" "
"Vicki Mayer's book, "Below the Line", illuminates some of these critical trends within the context of a broader examination of work in and the production of television.... One major contribution of the book, beyond the insights provided within the individual case studies, is the author's ability to illuminate how various facets of industry work and worker identity are transforming in the context of industry restructuring and macroeconomic forces."--Susan Christopherson ""Work and Occupations" "
"Vicki Mayer's book, "Below the Line," illuminates some of these critical trends within the context of a broader examination of work in and the production of television.... One major contribution of the book, beyond the insights provided within the individual case studies, is the author's ability to illuminate how various facets of industry work and worker identity are transforming in the context of industry restructuring and macroeconomic forces."--Susan Christopherson ""Work and Occupations" "
About the Author
Vicki Mayer is Associate Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She is a co-editor of "Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries" and editor of the journal "Television and New Media."
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This is a thinly-veiled approximation of research, though much time may have been spent putting it together. The writing, at least, could have much improved if the author had spent as much time striving for clarity as she did fighting to fit impressive words into odd circumstances.