The continuity of ‘continuity’: flow and the changing experience of watching broadcast television

Johnson, Catherine (2013) The continuity of ‘continuity’: flow and the changing experience of watching broadcast television. Key Words: a Journal of Cultural Materialism, 11 . ISSN 1369-9725

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It has been widely argued that the experience of watching television has altered significantly since Raymond Williams’s theorisation of flow in the mid-1970s. Yet despite the rise of new technologies such as personal video recorders and on-demand services, broadcast television remains the primary way in which television is viewed in the West. This article, therefore, asks whether Williams’s theorisation of flow has continued significance in understanding the nature of broadcast television in the digital era. Focusing on the broadcast junctions, identified by Williams as a fundamental part of the broadcast flow, it examines the changing ways in which broadcasters have constructed and explained the value and experience of television from the 1980s to the 2000s. In doing so, it argues that we need to be as attuned to the continuities and similarities as the differences if we are to understand the changes to television wrought by digital.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Volume ISBN: 9780953150397
Keywords: Television, Flow, Raymond Williams, broadcasting
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of Culture, Film and Media
Depositing User: Johnson, Dr Catherine
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:18

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