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21L.432 Understanding Television (Spring 2003, MIT OCW). Instructor: Prof. David Thorburn. The subtitle of this course for the spring 2003 term is "American Television: A Cultural History."

The class takes a cultural approach to television's evolution as a technology and system of representation, considering television as a system of storytelling and myth-making, and as a cultural practice, studied from anthropological, literary, and cinematic perspectives. The course focuses on prime-time commercial broadcasting, the medium's technological and economic history, and theoretical perspectives. There is much required viewing as well as readings in media theory and cultural interpretation. (from ocw.mit.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction: Television and Cultural Study Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Television as a Cultural Form Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – The Broadcast Era Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – TV Genres Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – TV Genres Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – TV Genres Unlimited

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