Educational TV (It’s Not What You Think)

“Gone are the days when academia and television were from opposite ends of the intellectual spectrum. Instead, TV studies are now enjoying a newfound respectability and prominence in the academic world. The maturing of the medium, recording technology that has allowed previously ephemeral TV work to remain accessible in archival form, and students’ comfort level with video texts rather than written ones have all come together in the last few years to give new impetus to a discipline once derided as not serious enough to merit scholarly study. It’s a rich vein for study, offering a virtually unlimited terrain due to the sheer amount of TV programs on screens, something film doesn’t offer.”