Television as Digital Media

James Bennett (Editor), Niki Strange (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology


In Television as Digital Media, scholars from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States combine television studies with new media studies to analyze digital TV as part of digital culture. Taking into account technologies, industries, economies, aesthetics, and various production, user, and audience practices, the contributors develop a new critical paradigm for thinking about television, and the future of television studies, in the digital era. The collection brings together established and emerging scholars, producing an intergenerational dialogue that will be productive for any student or scholar seeking to understand the relationship between television and digital media.

Introducing the collection, James Bennett argues that television as digital media is a non-site-specific, hybrid cultural and technological form that spreads across platforms such as mobile phones, games consoles, iPods, and online video services, including YouTube, Hulu and the BBC’s iPlayer. Television as digital media threatens to upset assumptions about television as a mass medium that has helped define the social collective experience, the organization of everyday life, and forms of sociality. As often as we are promised the convenience of the television experience “anytime, anywhere,” we are invited to participate in communities, share television moments, and watch live. The essays in this collection demonstrate the historical, production, aesthetic, and audience changes and continuities that underpin the emerging meaning of television as digital media.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDurham, Ill
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages400
ISBN (Print)978-0-8223-4910-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameConsole-ing Passions
PublisherDuke University Press

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