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The lonely nineties : visions of community in contemporary US television / Paul Arras.

Author/Creator:
Arras, Paul, 1981- author.
Publication:
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
x, 238 pages ; 22 cm
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Other Title:
Visions of community in contemporary US television
Subjects:
Television broadcasting -- Social aspects -- United States.
Television broadcasting -- United States -- Influence.
Television viewers -- Psychology.
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture.
Television broadcasting -- Influence.
Television broadcasting -- Social aspects.
United States.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
This book examines the most popular American television shows of the nineties--a decade at the last gasp of network television's cultural dominance. At a time when American culture seemed increasingly fragmented, television still offered something close to a site of national consensus. The Lonely Nineties focuses on a different set of popular nineties television shows in each chapter and provides an in-depth reading of scenes, characters or episodes that articulate the overarching "ideology" of each series. It ultimately argues that television shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Law & Order and The Simpsons helped to shape the ways Americans thought about themselves in relation to their friends, families, localities, and nation. It demonstrates how these shows engaged with a variety of problems in American civic life, responded to the social isolation of the age, and occasionally imagined improvements for community in America.
Contents:
Watching TV after the wall came down
Lonely bowling and other critical contexts
They let you just sit there: the failure of the coffee shop in Seinfeld, Friends, and Frasier
I'm doing this my own way: redeeming NYPD Blue's racist hero
It was a different time: Law & Order, White Rabbits, and the decline of sixties radicalism
The truth is out there and he loves you: depictions of faith in The X-Files and Touched by an Angel
This town ain't so bad: eternity in heavenly Springfield with The Simpsons
TV after the nineties.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the John G. Hartman Memorial Library Fund.
Contributor:
John G. Hartman Memorial Library Fund.
Other format:
Online version: Arras, Paul. The lonely nineties : visions of community in contemporary US television
ISBN:
3319930931
9783319930930
9783319930947
OCLC:
1034615109