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I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
 

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (Paperback)

By Nussbaum, Emily

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    1 Sep 20

From her creation of the Approval Matrix in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prizewinning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has argued that we've been looking at TV all wrong. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about... her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path. She explores the rise of the female screw-up, how fans warp the shows they love, the messy power of sexual violence on TV, and the year that jokes helped elect a reality-television president. There are three big profiles of TV showrunners as well as examinations of the legacies of Norman Lear and Joan Rivers. The book also includes a major new essay written during the year of #MeToo, wrestling with the question of what to do when the artist you love is a monster. More than a collection of reviews, the book makes a case for toppling the status anxiety that has long haunted the idiot box, even as it transformed. Through it all, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism, one that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one kind of culture (violent, dramatic, gritty) over another (joyful, funny, stylized). I Like to Watch traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of prestige television, searching for a more expansive, more embracing vision of artistic ambition-one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and opens to more varied voices. It's a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.
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ISBN 9780525508984
Released NZ 1 Sep 2020
Publisher Random House
Format Paperback
Availability
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9780525508984
Stock Release date is 1 September 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Released 1 Sep 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Nussbaum, Emily
Category General Picture Books
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 791.45750973
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 2-6 years
Reading Age 2-6 years
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile

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