The Joy of Sets: A Short History of the Television

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It is a modern activity, one of the primary ways we consume information and entertainment, something we’ll do over dinner, at a bar, or even standing on the street peering into a store window—watch TV. Many of us spend countless hours in front of the tube, and even those of us who have proudly eliminated it from our lives can probably still rattle off the names of today’s most popular shows. But for as crucial as television viewing is in modern culture, the television set itself, as a ubiquitous object in our environment, rarely captures our attention—turn one off and it seems to all but disappear. In this book, Chris Horrocks tells the story of the television set, exploring its contradictory presence in our lives as both a material object and a conveyor of illusory images.
      
Horrocks begins in the nineteenth century and television’s prehistory as a fantastic, futuristic concept. He follows the television’s journey from its strange roots in spiritualism, imperialism, and Victorian experiments in electro-magnetism to the contested accounts of its actual invention, looking at the work of engineering pioneers such as Philo Farnsworth and John Logie Baird. Unboxing sets all across the world, he details how it arrived as an essential consumer product and began to play an extraordinary role as a bridge between public and private life. Horrocks describes how the console and cabinet themselves expressed status and good taste and how their designs drew on cultural phenomena such as the space race and the avant-garde. He discusses how we have both loved it for what it can provide and reviled it as a sinister object literally controlling our thoughts, and he shows how it has figured in other cultural realms, such as the work of artists like Wolf Vostell and Nam June Paik. Finally, Horrocks laments the death of the cathode ray tube and the emergence of the flat-screen, which has reduced the presence of the television as a significant material object. Altogether, The Joy of Sets brings this most elusive object into crystal-clear critical and historical focus.
 

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Chris Horrocks is a filmmaker and associate professor in the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries at Kingston University. He is the author of several books, including Cultures of Colour and Genteel Perversion.
 

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Descrizione libro Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2017. Hardback. Condizione: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. We watch television for hours at a time, but the television set is never itself the object of our attention. We forget the tv is in our room as we engage with images from afar. How do we account for such an everyday piece of furniture? This book focuses on the tv set's contradictory presence both as a material object and as a receiver of images. Chris Horrocks traces the prehistory of television as a fantastic vision in nineteenth-century culture, and charts its emergence through the fears and desires that society projected onto this alien presence in the living room. He follows television's journey from its strange roots in spiritualism, imperialism and Victorian experiments with electromagnetism, through its contested 'invention' by heroic figures such as Baird and Farnsworth, to its arrival as an essential consumer product. Along the way the tv acquired a significance and role that advertising, literature and cinema amplified. The tv appears in culture as a sinister object capable of controlling thought, monitoring its audience and causing mental and physical harm.The design of the television console and cabinet imbued it with signs of status and good taste, and more radical designs drew on the space race and avant-garde design.The set has even become a radical medium in the work of artists Wolf Vostell and Nam June Paik. Yet the television as a classic object began to disappear once the cathode ray tube became obsolete and flat-screen versions merged with the wall. The Joy of Sets brings this most elusive object into critical and historical focus for the first time. Codice articolo AAZ9781780237589

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Descrizione libro Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2017. Hardback. Condizione: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. We watch television for hours at a time, but the television set is never itself the object of our attention. We forget the tv is in our room as we engage with images from afar. How do we account for such an everyday piece of furniture? This book focuses on the tv set's contradictory presence both as a material object and as a receiver of images. Chris Horrocks traces the prehistory of television as a fantastic vision in nineteenth-century culture, and charts its emergence through the fears and desires that society projected onto this alien presence in the living room. He follows television's journey from its strange roots in spiritualism, imperialism and Victorian experiments with electromagnetism, through its contested 'invention' by heroic figures such as Baird and Farnsworth, to its arrival as an essential consumer product. Along the way the tv acquired a significance and role that advertising, literature and cinema amplified. The tv appears in culture as a sinister object capable of controlling thought, monitoring its audience and causing mental and physical harm.The design of the television console and cabinet imbued it with signs of status and good taste, and more radical designs drew on the space race and avant-garde design.The set has even become a radical medium in the work of artists Wolf Vostell and Nam June Paik. Yet the television as a classic object began to disappear once the cathode ray tube became obsolete and flat-screen versions merged with the wall. The Joy of Sets brings this most elusive object into critical and historical focus for the first time. Codice articolo BZV9781780237589

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