Welcome to the resource center for Television & American Culture by Jason Mittell (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). The book was released in February 2009, and is available for order on Amazon.
This website serves as a community resource for readers, students, and instructors using the book. The Recent News section features links to updated happenings in the world of television, categorized by chapter to supplement the book. Teaching Resources features links to courses using the book, and opportunities to share pedagogical strategies. The Videos pages shares relevant online video that relates to the contents of the book. And Errata is a place to share corrections and clarifications.
I invite people to participate in this community in a range of ways. Please comment on any item posted here. Feel free to submit links to add to the Recent News sections by using delicious to share links – you can follow this feed of links in an RSS reader, and if you see a newsstory worth sharing, tag it with tvamcult and it will be shared here. There is a Facebook Group for the book that you are welcome to join. You can also email the author to make suggestions, provide syllabus links, or offer any other feedback.
Brief Table of Contents:
Introduction: Why Television? 1 (see online preview)
SECTION 1: TELEVISION INSTITUTIONS 15
Chapter 1: Exchanging Programming 17
Chapter 2: Exchanging Audiences 54
Chapter 3: Serving the Public Interest 99
Chapter 4: Televised Citizenship 126
SECTION 2: TELEVISION MEANINGS 159
Chapter 5: Making Meaning 161
Chapter 6: Telling Television Stories 213
Chapter 7: Screening America 269
Chapter 8: Representing Identity 305
SECTION 3: TELEVISION PRACTICES 355
Chapter 9: Viewing Television 357
Chapter 10: Television for Children 383
Chapter 11: Television’s Transforming Technologies 403
Conclusion: American Television in a Global Context 438