TV

TV

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on-feminism, , media, 2021, netgalley, netgalley

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Once upon a time, the news was only 15 minutes long and middle-class families huddled around a tiny black-and-white screen, TV dinners on their laps, awaiting weekly sitcoms that depicted an all-white world in which mom wore pearls and heels as she baked endless pies. If this seems a distant past, that's a measure of just how much TV has changed-and changed us.

Weaving together personal memoir, social and political history, and reflecting on key moments in the history of news broadcasting and prime time entertainment, Susan Bordo opens up the 75-year-old time-capsule that is TV and illustrates what a constant companion and dominant cultural force television has been, for good and for bad, in carrying us from the McCarthy hearings and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet to Mad Men, Killing Eve, and the emergence of our first reality TV president.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Title:TV
ISBN:9781501362521
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    TV Reviews

  • Liam

    February 2021 Reading Wrap-UpThis is my 1st advanced reader copy (ARC) review. This means I received this ebook for free, in exchange for this review by Netgalley. I'm not financially motivated, as I ...

  • Bandit

    I'm the first person to rate and review this. Very exciting when the book is good and this is definitely good. Moreover, it's important and timely and necessary. Being a fan of inanimate objects and ...

  • Peter Baran

    I have now read enough Object Lesson books to not expect a thorough dissection of the subject at hand, these are 25,000 word books, you can't cover everything even if you wanted to. So TV sits there, ...

  • J Earl

    TV by Susan Bordo is another insightful volume in the Object Lessons series. Bordo covers both a brief history of programming and a critique of what that programming has wrought, namely a horrible Pre...

  • Ben

    As noted by Bordo herself in the book, this wasn't originally intended as a book specifically about TV and it really shows - this is more of a personal reaction to Trump and the general move towards e...

  • Ula

    Yet another worthy item from the Object Lessons series. This time it is written mainly as a memoir of a life spent in front of a television, with personal recollections of the pivotal moments in recen...

  • Theediscerning

    Hmmm… I've long since seen too many of the books in this series become insufferably navel-gazing (the navel a glaring omission from the franchise, of course), so I kind of knew what to expect when t...

  • Teleseparatist

    I received this book from NetGalley for review.A mixture of memoir, simple academic analysis and political essay, Bordo is not always at her best, but her reflections are passionate and fun to read. A...

  • Mandy

    Another worthy addition to the wonderful Object Lessons series, this time an overview of the history, significance and influence of television. I don’t think it breaks new ground particularly but it...

  • Sharondblk

    This was rather tricky to rate. It is a little all over the place. Firstly the title is misleading: it is somewhat about TV, but mainly about other things. A slim volume like this seems to be trying t...