Raymond Williams Now

pp 115-144

Raymond Williams and the Culture of Televisual Flow

  • Stuart Allan


It is my intention in this essay to show that Raymond Williams’s principled interventions into a series of debates concerning the ways in which television is interwoven throughout the cultural fabric of our everyday realities continue to be richly suggestive for research in a wide variety of analytical contexts. Specifically, my aim is to draw upon his writings about television, in general, and on its discursive ‘flow’, in particular, in order to extend a critical reconsideration of what he describes as ‘the normal television experience’. In this way, television as both a technology and a cultural form will be set in relation to the profuse flow of its sounds and images as they are negotiated by the televisual audience on an ordinary, ‘lived’ basis.