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Television as a "live" medium
Journalism & Communication
Pages 6 (1506 words)
To what extent can television still be considered a ‘live’ medium? Does television still emphasise the idea of itself as an ‘event’? Even if, say, the program is recorded (maybe something like Glee), does it still treat these as an occasion to watch together as an event?
To say, hence, that it is “still alive” as if it is already clutching for dear life would be an understatement. The fact is that live television is a platform by which people are informed today. So long as there are events like disasters, sports, and political exercise such as election, among others, the relevance exists more than ever. The proliferation of canned television shows does not diminish it. Defining “Live” Bourdon (2000) explained that the concept of “live” television is fundamentally a label expressing a technological capability (532). It brings people from everywhere - whether at home, work, bars, even the streets - to events as they happen. In the discourse trying to specify the meaning of television and to differentiate it from the cinema, “liveness” is one of the three identified characteristics that made the medium unique (the other two are screen size and domestic reception) (532). “Liveness” also denotes the aspect of television that is identified with truth, facts and authenticity. ...
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