- Hardcover: 2200 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 1 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884964265
- ISBN-13: 978-1884964268
- Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.6 x 12.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 Kg
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Encyclopedia of Television Hardcover – Mar 1 1997
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From Library Journal
This is not a compendium of TV trivia but rather a serious work intended "to be the reference work of first record, the beginning point for anyone interested in exploring and understanding the significance of television in our time." Under the auspices of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, some 300 contributors have addressed a variety of issues and topics. Entries range in length from one to several pages and include suggestions for further reading. Crisp black-and-white photographs, such as studio publicity stills and headshots of individual personalities, are sprinkled throughout the double-column text. Although there are entries on individual television programs complete with cast lists, these are offered only for programs considered to be of particular significance?typical of a certain program genre, controversial because of subject matter, the first of its kind, etc. More commonly, the essays cover broader topics (e.g., the history of a network or organization and subjects like censorship of tabloid television). Notable individuals, from performers to producers to inventors, are also profiled. The focus may be on television in English-speaking countries, but the scope has been widened to include articles surveying the medium in more than a few other countries. From "Absolutely Fabulous" to "Vladimir Zworykin," this is a gold mine of information for those toiling in the fields of communications, popular culture, and related subjects.?Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
". . .by far the most exhaustive work of its kind. . ." - Los Angeles Times ". . . a major step forward in television scholarship, one that will certainly become the standard television reference work of first record for many years to come" - Television Quarterly "The content is international and diverse. A must-have for anyone with an interest in television." - New Scientist "The lofty aims of this work are well and truly achieved: it belongs in any general reference collection, and certainly in any academic library whose institution has a media studies course." - Reference Reviews "Most of the 1,000 lengthy essays contain bibliographies and superb photographs. These bibliographies and the length and academic nature of the essays distinguish this encyclopedia from Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of television pundits. . . . Given its size and scope, the price is reasonable. Highly recommended for reference collections at all academic levels." - Choice "This is the first encyclopedia of television to take a scholarly, analytical look at the medium and to integrate its many aspects. . . . anyone who wants to understand the significance of television will need to turn to this encyclopedia as a starting point." - Rettig on Reference "It's an important addition to television collections in public libraries, schools, and undergraduate programs in academic libraries." - Reference Books Bulletin "Given its scope and the obvious effort put into producing this work its price is not unreasonable. Recommended for mass communication and popular-culture collections in academic libraries and for larger public libraries where the price would not be prohibitive." - Reference Quarterly ". . . admirable. . . . elegant. . . . contains no glaring omissions. . . . This set is a must for reference libraries, but it also affords the casual reader much pleasure." - American Reference Books Annual
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