The End of Television?

Is television dead? The classic television era of the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by limited choices of programs broadcast on over-the-air channels to families as if they were seated around a hearth, has given way to a new era. Now, satellite, cable and new technologies offer a multitude of choices for viewing what we like; when we like; where we like; on a variety of screens, telephones, and websites.

On February 19, 2010, scholars gathered at the Annenberg School for Communication to discuss the overreaching sociological impacts of television over the past 60 years and the way it has impacted our values, ideologies, institutions, social structure, and culture.

The symposium was led by Elihu Katz and Paddy Scannell, co-editors of a volume of The Annals titled “The End of Television? Its Impacts on the World (So Far).” The volume examined the effects on family and politics, on values and everyday behavior, as well as on democracy, social integration, trust and suspiciousness, materialism, and social and physical identity.

Joining in the discussion were Michael Schudson, Daniel Dayan, Marwan Kraidy, Joseph Turow, and Graeme Turner.

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely the opinions of the individuals and not those of the Academy.

The End of Television?, Joseph Turow

The End of Television?, Elihu Katz

The End of Television?, Marwan Kraidy

The End of Television?, Graeme Turner

The End of Television?, Q and A session 1

The End of Television?, Paddy Scannell

The End of Television?, Daniel Dayan,

The End of Television?, Michael Schudson

The End of Television?, Q and A session 2