The past as television: are television programmes more than nostalgic ephemera

John Ellis, Aldo Grasso (Editor)

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There is a branch of history called archaeology. The source of information that archaeologists value most highly is what they call a “midden”, known to the rest of us as a heap of rubbish. To an archaeologist, all of this rubbish is valuable as evidence of concrete patterns of existence, providing a sense of what it felt to be alive in a particular historical moment. The same holds true for television.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFare storia con la televisione
Place of PublicationMilan
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • television
  • programmes
  • history
  • understanding
  • knowledge

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