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A Case for Criticism: Journalism, TV Studies, and the Television Critic
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7/15/2011 at 5:51:42 PM GMT
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A Case for Criticism: Journalism, TV Studies, and the Television Critic


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Panel


Panel/Workshop Title:

A Case for Criticism: Journalism, TV Studies, and the Television Critic


First Name

Karen


Last Name

Petruska


Organization

Georgia State University


Email Address

kpetruska1@gsu.edu


Summary

Whereas the television critic is an oft’ cited figure within television histories and reception studies, the complicated role the critic plays within the print, television, and new media worlds is increasingly becoming a primary site of analysis for television studies. This panel invites proposals that place the focus upon better understanding how the critic not only shapes and responds to the dominant trends within television but also draws attention to programming and issues often on the margins of the mainstream. How does the critic negotiate his/her complicated position at the intersection of the journalism, television, and new media industries? How can we evaluate the critic’s impact, not only upon the relative longevity of programming but also upon how programming is evaluated? How is criticism changing in the twenty-first century, and what can we learn about the impact of digital technologies upon the television industry by analyzing the critic’s own adoption of digital platforms? Suggested focal areas include an examination of the critic and aesthetics, history, technology, journalism, industry (for example, promotions/marketing, ratings or the economics of television), reception, paratexts, or global media. Please submit a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Karen Petruska at kpetruska1@gsu.edu and Myles McNutt at mamcnutt@wisc.edu by August 8. Panelists will be notified by August 15.



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