Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media
From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas such as Roots, from A&E's Biography series to CNN's coverage of such events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, television has become the primary source for historical information for tens of millions of Americans today. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? How is one to know what is real and what is imagined -- or ignored -- by producers, directors, or writers? Gary Edgerton and Peter Rollins have collected a group of essays that answer these and many other questions. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres, as well as institutions such as the History Channel and production histories of such series as The Jack Benny Show, which ran for fifteen years... [Amazon.com]
University Press of Kentucky
American Popular Culture | Television
Edgerton, Gary R. (Editor) and Rollins, Peter C., "Television Histories: Shaping Collective Memory in the Media" (2001). Communication & Theatre Arts Faculty Books. 29.