How Should We Write a History of Television?
Brennan considers the history of television in Ireland as one instance of an international problem. The problem is that histories of broadcasting tend to be written at the level of the national. They are preoccupied with the role of national broadcasters within nation states. They tend to play down the roll of international influences and mute the voices of viewers. All the changes, the ‘new normal’, that came with television go unquestioned. They are left hidden in plain sight. Brennan asks how we should write a history of television by combining debates in media theory and historiography. He argues for a synthesis of existing historical approaches, which underpins the book’s post-nationalist approach to the history of television.
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