Uncommon answers to common questions about TV
'Is TV dumbing us down?', 'what is a precinct drama?', 'why does all TV look the same?', 'has TV changed politics?', 'who regulates TV', 'is TV finished?' Viewers and students of TV have a healthy curiosity about the medium and ask all sorts of general questions about it, but you have to look hard to find the answers. 'TV FAQs' does what it says on the cover: it answers just about everything you've always wanted to know about Television, in witty and highly informative form and is written by a leading TV writer, thinker, educator and long-term producer.
Starting with commonly asked questions - factual, technical, ethical, content-based, controversial, plain cheeky - 'TV FAQ' crisply answers them and outlines comprehensive and often novel arguments replying to the issues raised and the concerns that motivate them. Each entry contains examples, ranging from a detailed deconstruction of an episode of 'NYPD Blue', to the way that audience statistics are produced, and how television gains (and sometimes forfeits) our trust. Answers can be read down, across - with links between entries - or dipped into as required.
'TV FAQ' will make you a fully informed and knowledgable, entertained and argumentative TV expert.