Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of History

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Social Science - 320 pages

Constituting a new television genre, live broadcasts of "historic" events have become world rituals which, according to Dayan and Katz, have the potential for transforming societies even as they transfix viewers around the globe. Analyzing such public spectacles as the Olympic games, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, John F. Kenndy's funeral, the moon landing, and Pope John II's visits to Poland, they offer an ethnography of how media events are scripted, negotiated, performed, celebrated, shamanized, and reviewed.

 

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Contents

High Holidays of Mass Communication
1
Contest Conquest Coronation
25
3 Negotiating Media Events
54
4 Performing Media Events
78
5 Celebrating Media Events
119
6 Shamanizing Media Events
147
7 Reviewing Media Events
188
Five Frames for Assessing the Effects of Media Events
221
Notes
235
References
275
Acknowledgments
295
Index
299
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Daniel Dayan is a Fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Elihu Katz is Trustee Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvannia; Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Scientific Director of the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research.

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