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Subject to Change : Guerrilla Television Revisited - Deirdre Boyle

Subject to Change

Guerrilla Television Revisited

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1996
ISBN: 9780195043341
Number Of Pages: 304

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Before the Internet, camcorders, and hundred-channel cable- systems--predating the Information Superhighway and talk of cyber-democracy--there was guerilla television. Part of the larger alternative media tide which swept the country in the late sixties, guerilla television emerged when the arrival of lightweight, affordable consumer video equipment made it possible for ordinary people to make their own television. Fueled both by outrage at the day's events and by the writings of people like Marshall McLuhan, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, the movement gained a manifesto in 1971, when Michael Shamberg and the raindance Corp. published Guerilla Television. As framed in this quixotic text, the goal of the video guerilla was nothing less than a reshaping of the structure of information in America.
In Subject to Change, Deidre Boyle tells the fascinating story of the first TV generation's dream of remaking television and their frustrated attempts at democratizing the medium. Interweaving the narratives of three very different video collectives from the 1970s--TVTV, Broadside TV, and University Community Video--Boyle offers a thought-provoking account of an earlier electronic utopianism, one with significant implications for today's debates over free speech, public discourse, and the information explosion.

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the book demonstrates well the impotance of the guerrilla television movement's history at this moment. * Heather Osborne, Screen *

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. xiii
Underground Videop. 3
Subject to Changep. 14
Guerrilla Versus Grassrootsp. 26
the World's Largest Tv Studiop. 36
Mountain Guerrillap. 48
Four More Yearsp. 55
Communitubep. 65
Gaga Over Gurup. 72
Prime Time Tvtvp. 89
Broadside Tvp. 96
Ii. Impeaching Evidencep. 105
Changing Channelsp. 116
Furor Over Fugitivep. 128
Living Newsletter?p. 139
the Good Times Are Killing Mep. 146
Super Videop. 158
Intermediap. 165
Hooray for Hollywood?p. 172
the Big Chillp. 183
Epiloguep. 190
Appendix Information on Apes by Broadside Tv, University Community Video, and Tvtv (top Value Televisionp. 209
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780195043341
ISBN-10: 0195043340
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.2  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.62