Making Sense of Television

  • Edward Brennan


In the 1950s, newspapers, among other media, helped to create among the public a sense of what television was, and how it would and should be used. These representations were part of a mutually shaping relationship between culture and communication technology. Established media provided the questions, language and associations that were used to understand emerging media forms. Brennan explores the ideas that surrounded television before it became a taken-for-granted part of Irish homes by examining newspaper representations of television. Television was represented within an internationally prominent hopes and fears discourse. The medium was also represented and discussed in relation to gender and social class. Brennan argues that the meanings attached to television were in place before most Irish people encountered their first television set.


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  • Edward Brennan
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  1. 1.Technological University DublinDublinIreland

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