chapter  5
9 Pages

Television and the City

WithCharlotte Brunsdon

This chapter proposes that the relationship between television and the city has been unjustifiably ignored. Cinema, from its beginnings, has had a privileged relation to urban modernity as a medium that incites urban feelings and celebrates the anonymity of the crowd. In contrast, television has been associated with the domestic and the suburbs, particularly with privatization and the retreat from public civic life into the home. Scholarship on cities and media often jumps from the cinematic city to the digital city. This chapter explores the reasons for the neglect of television cities while also attending to the changing role of television production in transforming “creative locales” in cities such as New Orleans and Istanbul.