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Still Life in Real Time: Theory after Television
Duke University Press, 1994
Television can be imagined in a number of ways: as a profuse flow of images, as a machine that produces new social relationships, as the last lingering gasp of Western metaphysical thinking, as a stuttering relay system of almost anonymous messages, as a fantastic construction of time. Professor Richard Dienst engages each of these possibilities as he explores the contemporary theories of culture, technology, and media.
A book of theory, Still Life in Real Time will compel the attention of all those with an interest in the nature of the ever present, ever shifting medium of television and its role in the thinking that marks our time.