film and media 1
1) According to Lynn Spigel and class lecture/screenings the introduction of television as a new technology was both “utopian” and “dystopian”. unifying and disruptive to the family and to gender roles in the home. Discuss examples from Spiegel’s article of TV”s hopefully and frightful potential. Using specific examples, discuss how The Honeymooners episode, ” TV or Not TV?”supports or refutes these arguments.
2) How do we distinguish between “history” and “historiography”? Why is this distinction important? compare and contrast Ken Burn’s Empire of the air, and Michele Hilmes’s only connect in terms of this distinction. How do their approaches differ?How do the sources used create a different history of the broadcast medium? What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach?
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