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Trow on Television

From “Within the Context of No Context” (1980), by George W.S. Trow (rhymes with “wow”):

“The work of television is to establish false contexts and to chronicle the unraveling of existing contexts; finally, to establish the context of no-context and to chronicle it.”

“Soon it will be achieved. The lie of television has been that there are contexts to which television will grant access. Since lies last, usually, no more than one generation, television will re-form around the idea that television itself is a context to which television will grant access.” 

“Television has a scale. It has other properties, but what television has to a dominant degree is a certain scale and the power to enforce it. No one has been able to describe the scale as it is experienced. We know some of its properties, though. Television does not vary. The trivial is raised up to the power in it. The powerful is lowered toward the trivial. The power behind it resembles the power of no-action, the powerful passive. It interferes with growth, conflict, and destruction, and these forces are different in its presence.”

“In the vast distance between the protection (TV) and the protected (us), there is space for mirages of pseudo-intimacy. It is in this space that celebrities dance. And, since the dancing celebrities occupy no real space, there is room for other novel forms to take hold. Some of these are really very strange.”

Thoughts?

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1 Response to “Trow on Television”


  1. 1 Genera Veruko
    2009/02/18 at 8:27 pm

    a “mashup” ? link
    regarding George W. S. Trow

    http://zeitings.blogspot.com/search/label/George%20W.%20S.%20Trow


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