"On Television" exposes the invisible mechanisms of manipulation and censorship that determine what appears on the small screen. Bourdieu shows how the ratings game has transformed journalism -- and hence politics -- and even such seemingly removed fields as law, science, art, and philosophy. Bourdieu had long been concerned with the role of television in cultural and political life when he bypassed the political and commercial control of the television networks and addressed his country's viewers from the television station of the College de France. "On Television," which expands on that lecture, not only describes the limiting and distorting effect of television on journalism and the world of ideas, but offers the blueprint for a counterattack.
What people are saying - Write a review
ON TELEVISIONUser Review - Kirkus
A Frenchman's overly academic look at television that will likely leave most American readers cold. Bourdieu's principal thrust in these collected lectures (presented on French television—thus the ... Read full review
On TelevisionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Two leading intellectuals look at the impact of commercially motivated cultural production on today's media-saturated culture. In her methodical and readable book, Bok (formerly philosophy, Brandeis ... Read full review