The Public Stock of Harmless Pleasure
British broadcast television follows American in becoming increasingly a medium devoted to entertainment. All aspects of television presentation involve excesses of sounds and images. Even the more evidendy factual and informational programmes — the news, current affairs, documentaries — have developed a range of presentational devices to attract interest in a context where competition for viewers is increasingly fierce.1 This competition, moreover, is not just between one programme or channel and another, but between broadcast television itself and the other attractions of expanded ‘infotainment’ in the home.
KeywordsCoherence Assimilation Expense Stein Ghost
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