Reality Squared: Televisual Discourse on the Real / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Although debates concerning the relationship between representational media and reality have occupied scholars and artists for quite some time, a surprisingly small number of books have examined this subject. As the title suggests, Reality Squared examines the representation of reality within the squared televisual viewing frame, as well as the exponential growth of these representational programs on broadcast, cable TV, and even beyond, to the worldwide web. The contributors approach the issues surrounding television and reality from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Topics include: the internet, the impact of global news events, weather predictions on the Weather Channel, and the representation of criminality on America's Most Wanted. This diverse volume contributes to the ongoing conversation about reality and representation, history and fiction, text and context, and the "inside" and "outside" of that box we call television. James Friedman is manager of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Research and Study Center.