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The Forerunners of a New Era: Television history and ruins of the future
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2015 (English)In: Media History, ISSN 1368-8804, E-ISSN 1469-9729, Vol. 21, no 2, 178-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the relationship between historicality and historiography, with particular focus on the tension between claims of the historicality of broadcast events and later absences in broadcast historiography. It analyses two types of claims of historicality: first as a provider of images of history in the making; and second, as a kind of prototype, a forerunner of a new era in which television has a central position in a global society. Looking at the production and organization of the broadcast of Yuri Gagarin's return to Moscow in April 1961, the article argues that historiography is often too bound up in the present and remains blind to perspectives falling outside the dominant narratives of the current. The claims of being forerunners, on behalf of the agents involved in producing the broadcast, fit poorly with later historical events and are perhaps nothing more than the ruins of an anticipated future. But as such it may teach us just as much about the forgotten aspects of television history as it does about our practices of writing it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 21, no 2, 178-191 p.
Keyword [en]
television history; historicality; historiography; transnational broad- casting; Cold War
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Media Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26788DOI: 10.1080/13688804.2014.991385Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927037702OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26788DiVA: diva2:800243
Projects
Through the Iron Curtain. Early transnational broadcasting and television discourses
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-04-02 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved

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