American television during a television presidency

McNally, Karen (2022) American television during a television presidency. Contemporary approaches to film and media . Wayne State University Press, Detroit. ISBN 9780814349366


In American Television during a Television Presidency, Karen McNally and contributors critically examine the various ways in which television became transfixed by the Trump presidency and the broader political, social, and cultural climate. This book is the first to fully address the relationship between TV and a presidency consistently conducted with television in mind.

The sixteen chapters cover everything from the political theatre of televised impeachment hearings to the potent narratives of fictional drama and the stinging critiques of comedy, as they consider the wide-ranging ways in which television engages with the shifting political culture that emerged during this period. Approaching television both historically and in the contemporary moment, the contributors - an international group of scholars from a variety of academic disciplines - illuminate the indelible links that exist between television, American politics, and the nation’s broader culture. As it interrogates a presidency played out through the lens of the TV camera and reviews a medium immersing itself in a compelling and inescapable subject, American Television during a Television Presidency sets out to explore what defines the television of the Trump era as a distinctive time in TV history. From inequalities to resistance, and from fandom to historical memory, this book opens up new territory in which to critically analyze television’s complex relationship with Donald Trump, his presidency, and the political culture of this unsettled and simultaneously groundbreaking era.

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