Is television a cultural wasteland, or a medium that has brought people more great art, music, dance, and drama than any previous media? How do we study and interpret television? What are the effects of television on individuals and society, and how do we measure them? What is the role of television in our political and economic life? Television in Society explores these issues in considering how television both reflects and affects society.The book is divided into two sections. The first focuses on programming and deals with commercials, ceremonial events, important series (such as ""MASH"" and ""Lou Grant""), significant programs (a production of Brave New World on television), and the images of police on the medium. The second part of the book deals with important issues and topics related to the medium: the impact of television violence, values found on television, the impact of television on education, the significance of new technological developments, and the always thorny issue of freedom of the press. The articles are drawn together by a brilliant introductory essay by Arthur Asa Berger, who examines television as culture.

chapter |12 pages

Campaign Commercials

ByL. Patrick Devlin

chapter |12 pages

1984—The Commercial

ByArthur Asa Berger

chapter |13 pages

Television Ceremonial Events

ByDaniel Dayan, Elihu Katz

chapter |8 pages

Huxley on Television

ByJohn H. Barnsley

chapter |8 pages

Real Police on Television Supercops

ByRita J. Simon, Fejes Fred

chapter |7 pages

Cultural Bias in “M*A*S*H”

ByRoger L. Hofeldt

chapter |4 pages

The Politics of “Lou Grant”

ByMichael Schudson

chapter |12 pages

Sagan's Metaphysical Parable

ByDavid Paul Rebovich

chapter |10 pages

Decoding “Dallas”: Comparing American and German Viewers

ByHerta Herzog Massing

chapter |12 pages

Violence and Aggression

ByDavid Pearl

chapter |16 pages

Researching Television Violence

ByAlan Wurtzel, Guy Lometti

chapter |10 pages

Defending the Indefensible

BySteven H. Chaffee, George Gerbner, Beatrix A. Hamburg, Chester M. Pierce, Eli A. Rubinstein, Alberta E. Siegel, Jerome L. Singer

chapter |10 pages

Smoking Out the Critics

ByAlan Wurtzel, Guy Lometti

chapter |10 pages

Proliferating Violence

ByGeorge Gerbner

chapter |10 pages

Networks Hold The Line

ByJohn A. chneider

chapter |8 pages

Assessing Academic Achievement

ByBert Briller, Steven Miller

chapter |8 pages

Facts, Fantasies and Schools

ByGeorge Gerbner, Larry Gross, Michael Morgan, Nancy Signorielli

chapter |4 pages

Reading Performance

BySusan B. Neuman

chapter |2 pages

Dubious Facts and Real Schools

ByLilya Wagner

chapter |8 pages

Mass Media Values

ByGaye Tuchman

chapter |12 pages

Television: Mass Communication and Elite Controls

ByEmile G. McAnany

chapter |14 pages

Fantasy and Culture on Television

ByBen Stein

chapter |22 pages

Direct-Broadcast Satellites and Cultural Integrity

ByIthiel de Sola Pool

chapter |6 pages

Free Press for a Free People

ByEric Sevareid

chapter |12 pages

Screening Nuclear War and Vietnam

ByMarvin Maurer