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Rerun Nation : How Repeats Invented American Television - Derek Kompare

Rerun Nation

How Repeats Invented American Television

Paperback Published: 29th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415970556
Number Of Pages: 264

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Long before TV Land, the Game Show Network, and Cartoon Network cornered the market, reruns had been a staple of American television for decades. The economics of broadcasting made recycling programs a standard practice as early as the 1950s, but it was not until the mid 1970s that reruns were singled out as a significant contribution to American culture in general-a window into the American past and TV's "Golden Age." In "Rerun Nation," Derek Kompare looks at how the long tradition of rerun syndication has come to determine television's place in American history and culture, and framed our understanding of what defines "American television."
"Rerun Nation" is a fascinating approach to television history and theory through the ubiquitous yet overlooked phenomenon of reruns. Kompare covers both historical and conceptual ground, weaving together a refresher course in the history of television with a critical analysis of how reruns have shaped the cultural, economic, and legal terrains of American television. Given the expanding use of past media texts not only in the United States, but also in virtually every media-rich society, this book addresses a critical facet of everyday life.

Industry Reviews

"In this compelling contribution to the field, Kompare argues that repetition, rather than liveness or presentness, is 'the primary structuring factor of commercial television in the United States.'"-- Sharon Sharp, Film Quarterly

2006 SCMS Kovacs Book Award: Honorable Mention

Industrializing culture : the regime of repetition in the United States, 1790-1920p. 1
Transcribed adventures : radio and the recordingp. 19
(R) : film on early televisionp. 39
Familiarity breeds content : reconfiguring television in the 1960s and 1970sp. 69
Our television heritage : reconceiving past televisionp. 101
Old wine in new bottles : broadcast rerun syndication since the 1980sp. 131
TV land : cable and satellite as boutique televisionp. 169
Acquisitive repetition : home video and the television heritagep. 197
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ISBN: 9780415970556
ISBN-10: 0415970555
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1