– This talk considers the simultaneous rise of television and the hospitality industry (specially the family-friendly franchise motel) in the context of larger questions of nation, foreigner, and guest. Building out from Derrida’s remarks about digital media in Of Hospitality, I consider the political and cultural significance of early television as part of a larger postwar “hospitality apparatus” that defined who belonged to the nation (and who did not), says Lynn Spigel.

After the talk there was a discussion were the seminar participants aked questions.

– The responses were very helpful and interesting to me. We discussed some of the national differences in television in relation to my argument about TV hospitality, says Lynn Spigel.