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The Rise and Fall of the Analogue Television Set: From Modernity to Media Heriatge

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Deborah ChambersORCiD



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This article explores the shifting materiality and meanings of television as exhibited object. To consider the fluctuating discourses involved in the display of analogue TV sets, the article critically examines how the object has been re-represented: aesthetizised, interrogated, destabilised and reorganized as science, modernity, art and media heritage. An interpretive approach drawing on Walter Benjamin and media archaeology is supported by archival sources. The term "analogue rupture" is introduced to critically assess the implications of, and discontinuities involved, in analogue television's status as art and heritage. Digital media heritage discourses that invite us to regard obsolescence as inevitable progress are questioned.

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Author(s): Chambers D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: View: Journal of European Television History and culture

Year: 2019

Volume: 8

Issue: 15

Pages: 79 - 90

Print publication date: 27/10/2019

Online publication date: 27/10/2019

Acceptance date: 02/06/2019

Date deposited: 08/11/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2213-0969

Publisher: the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision


DOI: 10.18146/2213-0969.2019.jethc166


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