Combatting ‘a message without a code’: writing the ‘history’ documentary

Winston, Brian (2010) Combatting ‘a message without a code’: writing the ‘history’ documentary. In: Televising History: mediating the past in postwar Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 42-58. ISBN 9780230222083

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Abstract

Television, although its iconicity is unrivalled, is limited as a medium for historical exposition. Taking an episode of a US public television series, these limitations are demonstrated: the medium's visual imperative v. the happenstance of available images; the medium's intolerance of nuance; political constraints.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords:television, history, broadcasting, communication, digital platforms, documentary, free expression, free speech, human rights, journalism, media ethics, media history, media technology, press
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Media
ID Code:2144
Deposited By: Brian Winston
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 16:46
Last Modified:29 Oct 2013 14:25

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