In the late 1980s and 1990s, the advanced industrial countries considered replacing the existing analogue television infrastructure with a new digital one. A key common feature to the debates over digital TV (DTV) in the United States, Western Europe and Japan was the eventual victory of the ideas of digitalism (the superiority of everything digital over everything analogue) and of digital convergence (the merging of computing, telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures made possible by digitalization) in public debates over standards. Jeffrey Hart's book shows how nationalism and regionalism combined with digitalism to produce three different and incompatible DTV standards in the three regions, an outcome which has led to missed opportunities in developing the new technologies. Hart's book contributes to our understanding of relations between business and government, and of competition between the world's great economic powers.
"Probably the most thorough, complete, and accurate compilation of game show history ever printed. Educational, enlightening, and entertaining." - Wink Martindale Martindale Enterprises
Since the first series of "Pop Idol" aired in the UK just over a decade ago, "Idols" television shows have been broadcast in more than forty countries all over the world. In all those countries the global "Idols" format has been adapted to local cultures and production contexts, resulting in a plethora of different versions, ranging from the "Dutch Idols" to the "Pan-Arab Super Star" and from "Nigerian Idol" to the international blockbuster "American Idol". Despite its worldwide success and widespread journalistic coverage, the "Idols" phenomenon has received only limited academic attention. "Adapting Idols: Authenticity, Identity and Performance in a Global Television Format" brings together original studies from scholars in different parts of the world to identify and evaluate the productive dimensions of "Idols". As one of the world's most successful television formats, "Idols" offers a unique case for the study of cultural globalization. Chapters discuss how "Idols" shows address particular national or regional identity politics and how "Idols" is consumed by audiences in different territories. This book illustrates that even though the same television format is used in countries all over the globe, practices of adaptation can still result in the creation of unique local cultural products.
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