Live Television Essay

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Live Television In the Article The Concept of Live Television: Ontology as Ideology, Jane Feuer presents the idea of liveness in television. Television as an institution identifies all messages emanating from the apparatus as live. However in the technological advances, the meaning of live has greatly changed. Computerized editing equipment has made editing as flexible as most film editing. Much of this new equipment is used for the recording and freezing of "live" sports events that were supposed to be the glory of the medium. Even in terms of the simplest conception, live television is a collage of film, video, and "live" all woven into a complex scheme. Another point made in her article is the concept of flow as a …show more content…
I know that I usually turn the television on for background noise and I rarely sit down and only watch television. Even as I write this paper the television is on in the background, not really being watched. Television then becomes an extremely ordinary experience, since the property of flow seems so real and ordinary.

One key point I found interesting was how the network television never truly exploits its capacity for instantaneous and unmediated transmission. Only the ideological connotations of live television are exploited in order to overcome the contradiction between flow and fragmentation in television practice. So even when the public thinks they are watching a live broadcast of say a sports event, the networks are still cutting back and forth between events, and freezing certain segments and replaying them, not to mention the breaks for commercials. However the idea of liveness overrules all of this.

The idea of the morning television program creates a perfect study of this ideology of a live program. The flow of these programs alternates between different medias and between local and national stories. There is a constant clock on the bottom of the screen during these programs in order to remind you that what you are watching is indeed live. The live interviews that are done on the show are edited in a way to create the illusion of the interviewer and the interviewee being in the same live space together as the audience.
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