Broadcast web

The vanishing centrality, the obsolescence of broadcast television following the proliferation of the narrowcast channels and the spread of new digital media has turned into a key issue within contemporary media studies, thus making ‘the end of television’ (with or without question mark) a familiar trope in scholarly discourses and opening the way to a redefinition of the present-day television phase in terms of post-broadcast or post-network era (Amanda Lodtz). Is broadcast television really dying? (Elihu Katz and Paddy Scannell). And should it be the case, what is gained and what is lost from its demise? Besides recognizing that there are plenty of places in the world where ‘the broadcast era is still in full swing’ (Graeme Turner), the discursive formation of ‘the passing of televisione as we knew it’ may offer media scholarship the opportunity to assume the viewpoint of the end – as suggested by Frank Kermode for literary fiction – as the privileged perspective from which the broadcast era can be looked at anew, eventually acknowledging the reasons why it is liable to be praised rather than buried.

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