Edited by Marijke de Valk and Jan Teurlings from our TV team, After the Break: Television Theory Today (Amsterdam University Press, 2013) addresses the ways in which television is rapidly evolving. How might we respond to television today in light of its past? And do the old theoretical concepts still apply, or must we invent a new framework for this mutable medium? To answer these fundamental questions, the contributors to this provocative collection examine diverse case studies, including up-to-date scholarship on the current television zeitgeist, nostalgic programming on broadcast television, YouTube, and public television art programming of the 1980s. As a whole, these essays challenge the supposed crisis in television in the light of its burgeoning development.
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